Department of Health and Social Care

We support ministers in leading the nation’s health and social care to help people live more independent, healthier lives for longer.

Secretary of State

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Ministers of State
Chris Skidmore MP
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Stephen Hammond MP
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Caroline Dinenage MP
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Ms Nadine Dorries MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Jo Churchill MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

17 Aug 2019, 5 p.m.
Royal Bournemouth Hospital (@RBCH_NHS) are using a cutting-edge MRI extremity scanner to free up the availability of their main scanners. Technical innovations like this are being developed across our NHS to improve patient experience and save clinician time. #OurNHSstories https://t.co/t4jX1JzNXq - Link
17 Aug 2019, 10 a.m.
NHS Health Checks save hundreds of lives each year, but we want to build on this success so more people can benefit based on their needs. Share your views on how we can make the service more personalised and accessible 👇 https://t.co/8S4ahjCZ3M https://t.co/bXQcfC2lcO - 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
Jul. 23 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 23 Topical Questions Topical Questions
May. 23 Urgent Questions Whorlton Hall
Jul. 23 Written Statements Pensions: NHS Clinicians
Jul. 24 Westminster Hall Flitwick Station: Step-free Access
Jul. 23 Adjournment Debate Lower Limb Wound Care
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Department of Health and Social Care Legislation

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
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 17 May 2019, 4:13 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

Department of Health and Social Care Select Committee

Department of Health and Social Care Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


Department of Health and Social Care Publications


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 Aug 2019, 11:44 a.m. Health Services and Social Services: Departmental Responsibilities Baroness Neville-Rolfe

Question

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the benefits to date of bringing health and social care together in one political portfolio, and (2) the benefits that will arise in future years of bringing the two areas together.

Answer (Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford)

The Department was renamed the Department of Health and Social Care in January 2018 and took on responsibility for the Social Care Green Paper.

Whilst we have made no specific assessment, the Department has been working on bringing health and social care together to achieve whole-person, integrated care with the National Health Service and social care systems operating in a joined-up way. The Better Care Fund continues to drive forward the integration of health and social care in England.

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