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Westminster Hall - Tue 14 Sep 2021
View Diane Abbott's contibutions to: Black Maternal Health Week
Department of Health and Social Care

I am grateful for the opportunity to speak in this important debate on an important subject. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Streatham …

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Westminster Hall - Tue 14 Sep 2021
View Diane Abbott's contibutions to: Black Maternal Health Week
Department of Health and Social Care

Does the hon. Lady agree that the hostile environment affects not just the pregnant women themselves but may well affect black staff, who feel, as …

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Westminster Hall - Tue 14 Sep 2021
View Diane Abbott's contibutions to: Black Maternal Health Week
Department of Health and Social Care

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Westminster Hall - Tue 14 Sep 2021
View Diane Abbott's contibutions to: Black Maternal Health Week
Department of Health and Social Care

I think everyone present welcomes the establishment of the new office. The Minister has mentioned obesity, alcohol and smoking as risk factors in pregnancy; I …

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Westminster Hall - Tue 14 Sep 2021
View Diane Abbott's contibutions to: Black Maternal Health Week
Department of Health and Social Care

I just wanted to get that clear.

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Commons Chamber - Tue 14 Sep 2021
View Diane Abbott's contibutions to: Covid-19 Update
Department of Health and Social Care

The Secretary of State is quite correctly urging people to get vaccinated. He will be aware that, sadly, certain ethnic minorities have relatively low vaccine …

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Written Question
Coronavirus: Disease Control
26 Jul 2021

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment his Department has made of the potential effect on covid-19 risk for immunocompromised people after the planned easing of covid-19 restrictions on July 19 2021.

Answered by Jo Churchill

While no specific assessment has been made, a recent study from Public Health England looked at more than one million people in at-risk groups, which found that people who are immunosuppressed are significantly better protected from symptomatic infection following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Studies are also underway looking at which groups are less protected through vaccination, which may include groups with weakened immune systems and those with cancers of the blood. The findings will improve our knowledge of the levels of risk. We also recognise that there is a very small group of people who cannot receive the Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna or AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Disease Control
26 Jul 2021

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to help reduce the risk of contracting covid-19 for immunocompromised people after the planned easing of covod-19 restrictions on 19 July 2021.

Answered by Jo Churchill

Guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable individuals was published on 12 July including those who are immunocompromised or immunosuppressed, is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Following the recommendation of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), the Government offered the household contacts aged over 16 years old of severely immunosuppressed individuals priority access to vaccination from COVID-19, to help reduce the risk of the immunosuppressed individual catching COVID-19 from a member of their household. This recommendation has now been extended to household contacts aged 12 to 15 years old.

The JCVI has provided interim advice is that booster vaccines should first be offered in a two staged approach, with individuals in stage one offered a booster and flu vaccine as soon as possible from September, which includes adults aged 16 years old and over who are immunosuppressed. Those in stage two should be offered a booster vaccine as soon as practicable after stage one, with equal emphasis on deployment of the flu vaccine where eligible. This includes adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals. General practitioner practices or specialists can also provide personalised support and advice on any additional precautions.


Written Question
Hospitals: Greater London
21 Jun 2021

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if the Government will ring-fence funding for the Palliative Care Unit at the Whipps Cross Hospital.

Answered by Edward Argar

The proposed redevelopment of Whipps Cross does not involve the reconfiguration of services and envisages the new hospital providing the same core services as today, including the continued provision of high-quality specialist palliative and end of life care. A clinically led review of the model of care for the provision of specialist palliative care and end-of-life care in the new hospital is being undertaken by Barts Health NHS Trust, working closely with local partners and informed by engagement with patients and local interest groups.


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Hospitals: Greater London
27 May 2021

Questioner: Diane Abbott (LAB - Hackney North and Stoke Newington)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of the reduction in bed capacity at the proposed new hospital at Whipps Cross on bed capacity at (a) Homerton hospital and (b) other local hospitals.

Answered by Edward Argar

The Whipps Cross redevelopment plans have continued to be tested with North East London Health and Care Partnership Integrated Care System as part of the development of the redevelopment’s outline business case, to ensure the demand and capacity assumptions are aligned with both the local and wider system assumptions.

The new development does not impact bed capacity at Homerton Hospital or other local hospitals. The number of beds in any hospital is not fixed and the way in which the hospital is designed will give greater flexibility to respond to changes in operational pressures, with an appropriate number of beds. The new hospital will have more clinical space than the current hospital, with new clinical departments, increased diagnostic and day case capacity and more single rooms, improving patient experience, privacy and dignity.


Commons Chamber - Tue 23 Feb 2021
View Diane Abbott's contibutions to: Oral Answers to Questions
Department of Health and Social Care

What estimate he has made of the level of covid-19 vaccination among (a) black and (b) white people in the most vulnerable groups. (912279)

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Commons Chamber - Tue 23 Feb 2021
View Diane Abbott's contibutions to: Oral Answers to Questions
Department of Health and Social Care

Will the Minister speak to Public Health England and ensure that local directors of public health make this information and other information in relation to …

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Commons Chamber - Tue 09 Feb 2021
View Diane Abbott's contibutions to: Covid-19 Update
Department of Health and Social Care

The whole House has welcomed what the Secretary of State has had to say about the progress in fighting coronavirus, but he will be aware …

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Commons Chamber - Mon 08 Apr 2019
View Diane Abbott's contibutions to: Access to Medical Cannabis
Department of Health and Social Care

It is shameful that we saw those scenes at Southend airport, and that families continue to suffer because the arrangements are so slow. It is, …

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Commons Chamber - Wed 28 Jun 2017
View Diane Abbott's contibutions to: Health, Social Care and Security
Department of Health and Social Care

I beg to move an amendment, at the end of the Question to add:

“but respectfully regret that the Gracious Speech fails to end cuts …

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