Department of Health and Social Care

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Ministers of State
Caroline Dinenage MP
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Edward Argar MP
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Jo Churchill MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Ms Nadine Dorries MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Martyn Day MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Public Health and Primary Care)
Jim Shannon MP (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)
(Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)
Dr Philippa Whitford MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)
Dr Lisa Cameron MP (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Mental Health)
Jonathan Ashworth MP (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Shadow Ministers
Barbara Keeley MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Mental Health and Social Care)
Mrs Sharon Hodgson MP (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Public Health)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

22 Jan 2020, 8 a.m.
Pharmacists can help with a range of minor illnesses such as coughs, colds, sore throats, tummy trouble and aches and pains. For expert advice, drop in to your local pharmacy ▶️ https://t.co/o7eIStTIeE https://t.co/MPIyvp7YCN - Link
21 Jan 2020, 6 p.m.
"One day is never the same" For Nicola, nursing training provided her with valuable exposure to all disciplines and helped her to meet lots of new people. Discover your path into nursing: ▶️ https://t.co/RhIGnAlhja #WeAreTheNHS https://t.co/KZcbm53YDH - Link
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Department of Health and Social Care Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Oct. 29 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Oct. 29 Topical Questions Topical Questions
May. 23 Urgent Questions Whorlton Hall
Jan. 14 Written Statements Ministerial Corrections
Jan. 21 Westminster Hall Surrogacy: Government Policy
Jan. 21 Adjournment Debate Stepping Hill Hospital
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Department of Health and Social Care Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Health Service Safety Investigations Bill [HL] 2019-20 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 29 October, 2019 30 Oct 2019, 9:33 a.m.
A Bill to establish the Health Service Safety Investigations Body and to confer the function of carrying out investigations and other functions on that body; to make provision in connection with investigations carried out by that body; to make provision about medical examiners; and for connected purposes
Health Service Safety Investigations Bill [HL] 2019-19 2nd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 29 October, 2019 30 Oct 2019, 9:33 a.m.
A Bill to establish the Health Service Safety Investigations Body and to confer the function of carrying out investigations and other functions on that body; to make provision in connection with investigations carried out by that body; to make provision about medical examiners; and for connected purposes
NHS Funding Bill 2019-20 1st reading: House of Commons 2nd reading: House of Commons

27 Jan 2020

21 Jan 2020, 4:24 p.m.
To make provision regarding the funding of the health service in England in respect of each financial year until the financial year that ends with 31 March 2024.
Healthcare (European Economic Area and Switzerland Arrangements) Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 26 March, 2019 25 Apr 2019, 11:04 a.m.
A Bill to Make provision about paying and arranging for healthcare provided outside the United Kingdom and giving effect to healthcare agreements; and for connected purposes.
Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 16 May, 2019 26 Sep 2019, 4:42 p.m.
A Bill to amend the Mental Capacity Act 2005 in relation to procedures in accordance with which a person may be deprived of liberty where the person lacks capacity to consent, and for connected purposes

Petitions addressed by Department of Health and Social Care

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
238,769
Petition Closed

Stop the privatisation of NHS services

Gov Responded - 20 Feb 2018 Debated on - 23 Apr 2018
17 May 2018
closed 1 year, 8 months ago

We call for a ban on the outsourcing (privatisation) of NHS services, and stop the renewal of any outsourcing contracts already signed. Companies should not be profiteering from NHS contracts, when every pound of NHS budgets is desperately needed for more doctors and nurses, and to pay them more.

205,359
Petition Closed

Lower the age for smear tests from 25 to 18 to prevent cervical cancer.

Gov Responded - 13 Sep 2018 Debated on - 28 Jan 2019
3 Feb 2019
closed 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Hi I'm Natasha, I am making this petition because I want to make a difference to all woman living in the UK.

I am 30 years old and I have metastatic cervical cancer. I believe that the age of screening should be lowered to age 18 to enable all woman to detect cell changes and prevent cancer.

118,034
Petition Closed

Make Orkambi available on the NHS for people with Cystic Fibrosis

Gov Responded - 7 Feb 2018
17 Jul 2018
closed 1 year, 6 months ago

Conventional CF treatments target the symptoms of CF, precision medicines like Orkambi tackle the cause of the condition. Though Orkambi is not a cure, it has been found to slow decline in lung function, the most common cause of death for people with CF, by 42%

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Department of Health and Social Care Publications

Most Recent Publications
Date Title Type
Jan. 21 Branded medicines: statutory scheme Open consultation
Jan. 19 Paramedic students will get £5,000 support payment each year News and Communications
Jan. 15 NHS funding bill enters Parliament News and Communications
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Department of Health and Social Care Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
7 Jan 2020, 5:56 p.m. NHS: Amazon Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what monitoring arrangements in relation to (1) patient confidentiality, (2) intellectual property, and (3) other data, have been built into the agreement to share NHS health data with Amazon.

Answer (Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford)

The agreement between the Department and Amazon is clear that none of the data generated will be shared with third parties; that it will not be used for selling products or making product recommendations to Amazon users; nor is it building any form of health profiles on Amazon customers.

NHS Digital are working closely with Amazon to assess the effectiveness of the service. The algorithm used by Amazon is still learning and will be updated continuously to learn how people are asking questions about health conditions.

All information is treated with high confidentiality and Amazon use multi-factor authentication to restrict access, service encryption, and audits of our control environment to protect it. No Amazon employee has direct access to information that can identify the person or account, and Amazon have the appropriate measures in place to ensure General Data Protection Regulation compliance.

Patients already use Alexa and other devices to search for health information on a range of health issues. This agreement ensures that the information they receive from Alexa is medically verified by the National Health Service instead of from a range of other sources, such as non-United Kingdom websites.

This agreement is not exclusive. There are over 2,000 other organisations that are accessing and using information from the NHS website in a similar way.

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