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Joseph Johnson Excerpts
Tuesday 18th June 2019

(1 year, 3 months ago)

Commons Chamber
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Department of Health and Social Care
Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock - Parliament Live - Hansard

We retain that target of 5,000 more GPs. We have managed to increase the number of staff working around GPs, because a GP does not need to do everything in primary care, so we have a more mixed workforce with physios and practice nurses working alongside GPs. There is more work still to do, and the NHS long-term plan sets out how we will make that happen.

Joseph Johnson (Orpington) (Con) Parliament Live - Hansard
18 Jun 2019, 11:50 a.m.

The leadership team at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has asked for assistance from NHS Improvement to put in post a clinical director at the emergency services department, which has just been rated inadequate by the Care Quality Commission. This vital post, however, remains unfilled. What assurances can my right hon. Friend give that NHS Improvement can help trusts when they request assistance in this way?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock - Parliament Live - Hansard
18 Jun 2019, 11:51 a.m.

My hon. Friend makes an important point. This is a vital post in a hospital and a hospital trust that does amazing work—some of the best medicine in the world is done at King’s—but it also has significant challenges with delivery, especially with respect to meeting financial targets and delivering value for money. King’s needs that support, which we are putting in place. I will raise the specific issue of the post he mentions with the head of NHS Improvement.