Debates between Lee Anderson and Matt Hancock

There have been 6 exchanges between Lee Anderson and Matt Hancock

1 Mon 20th July 2020 Coronavirus Response
Department of Health and Social Care
3 interactions (204 words)
2 Tue 14th July 2020 Coronavirus Update
Department of Health and Social Care
3 interactions (409 words)
3 Tue 23rd June 2020 Oral Answers to Questions
Department of Health and Social Care
2 interactions (90 words)
4 Wed 17th June 2020 Coronavirus
Department of Health and Social Care
3 interactions (392 words)
5 Mon 18th May 2020 Covid-19 Response
Department of Health and Social Care
3 interactions (352 words)
6 Tue 10th March 2020 Oral Answers to Questions
Department of Health and Social Care
2 interactions (116 words)

Coronavirus Response

Debate between Lee Anderson and Matt Hancock
Monday 20th July 2020

(2 weeks, 1 day ago)

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

I will not be held back by bureaucracy. We made three data protection impact assessments, which cover all the necessary. I saw the report saying that we should have done one to cover all three, but we did the three and I think that will do the trick.

Lee Anderson Portrait Lee Anderson (Ashfield) (Con) - Hansard

At the start of the pandemic, I raised the issue of care homes potentially losing revenue due to covid and running the risk of closing down. My right hon. Friend advised me at the time that no care home in Ashfield would close. Will he please update the House on the extra support given to care homes and advise whether any have closed due to financial constraints caused by covid?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock - Hansard

We have worked very hard to support the social care sector, and, exactly as the hon. Member for Twickenham (Munira Wilson) asked, making sure that we get that financial support in is important. Of course, in the first instance, the local authority is responsible for ensuring that there are available care homes to put people in. I am very happy to look into the specific details of Ashfield and to write to my hon. Friend to make sure he gets a proper answer to his question.

Coronavirus Update

Debate between Lee Anderson and Matt Hancock
Tuesday 14th July 2020

(3 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock - Parliament Live - Hansard
14 Jul 2020, 2:44 p.m.

The hon. Gentleman makes a really important point and it is a shame that he uses such adversarial language. The test and trace system is getting better and better, and masks in shops are important, but the underlying point that he makes is absolutely right. The long-term impact of this on some people can be very significant; there is growing evidence of that. I have put in almost £10 million of research funding to try to understand that better, and the NHS has built an NHS service for people in those circumstances. He is quite right to say that the long-term impacts can affect anyone, no matter how mild the initial illness. Thankfully, I do not appear to have any long-term effects that I know about. So far as I can tell, I am fine, but I am grateful for his interest. What I would like to do is work alongside him to try to understand this as well as possible. We are absolutely listening to the evidence from right around the world on this vital question.

Lee Anderson Portrait Lee Anderson (Ashfield) (Con) - Parliament Live - Hansard

In a short space of time, King’s Mill Hospital in Ashfield has gone from an inadequate rating to an outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission. During the pandemic, the hospital has been fantastic in providing brilliant care in Ashfield and in supplying PPE to care homes, funeral directors, chemists and anyone else who needed it.

Would my right hon. Friend please say a big thank you to all staff, including the chief executive, Richard Mitchell, hospital cleaner Paula Whetton, porters Michael Thorpe and Colin Ford, Scott Cairns in mattress decontamination and critical care nurse Tracy Hague, who represent the very best of Ashfield, and will he please come to visit the hospital the next time he is in Nottinghamshire?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock - Parliament Live - Hansard

I would love to visit Ashfield Hospital in person and to be able to thank every single person who is there and has worked so hard during this pandemic, from the chief executive to the porters and the nurses: all those who have played their part as part of the team. The hospital in Ashfield does not regard itself as separate from the rest of the community. It is deeply embedded in the community and works across primary care, the community trust and with the mental health trust, too. It is part of a system. That is the future of the NHS: people working together, rather than in the silos of the past.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Lee Anderson and Matt Hancock
Tuesday 23rd June 2020

(1 month, 1 week ago)

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

My hon. Friend is absolutely right on this. I applaud the work of the First 1001 Days Movement. It is incredibly important. I strongly support the work that it has done to highlight the importance of the early days of life and the time before the birth of children. I have seen that report. I have discussed it with the Minister and we are working very hard to put that into effect.

Lee Anderson Portrait Lee Anderson (Ashfield) (Con) - Hansard

What steps his Department is taking to support the social care sector during the covid-19 outbreak. [903686]

Coronavirus

Debate between Lee Anderson and Matt Hancock
Wednesday 17th June 2020

(1 month, 2 weeks ago)

Commons Chamber
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Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock - Hansard
17 Jun 2020, 1:19 p.m.

Yes. I am very happy to write to the hon. Gentleman about what we can do in those two areas, on which I know he has campaigned very hard. The one thing I would say on the positive side is that over the past few months the early signs are that the likelihood of dying as a 5 to 14-year-old has probably been at its lowest ever. It has been much safer in lockdown because, for instance, there are far fewer road traffic accidents and because the likelihood of dying from coronavirus as a child is very, very low. Overall, it has been a safe time if measured by that ultimate measure of how many children have died. It is much lower than usual, which is a good thing, but he is right to raise the points he does.

Lee Anderson Portrait Lee Anderson (Ashfield) (Con) - Hansard
17 Jun 2020, 1:19 p.m.

Over 10,000 people in the UK, including my wife, suffer from cystic fibrosis. Coronavirus adds a significant risk to CF patients, who already have a limited life expectancy. CF sufferers and their families were offered a significant lifeline when the Secretary of State agreed to fund the lifesaving drug Orkambi last year, but there is a new drug called Trikafta that has been granted a licence in the US. This is a wonder drug that will extend the lives of CF patients. The father of Sarah Jayne Lilliman, from Eastwood in my constituency, who sadly passed away a few years ago, has asked if the Secretary of State can assure the CF community in the UK that he will do all he can to make sure this drug is available and extend the lives of thousands of people.

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock - Hansard
17 Jun 2020, 1:19 p.m.

Yes, I will do absolutely everything I can. I did not know that my hon. Friend’s wife suffered from cystic fibrosis. I am absolutely determined to make this happen. I worked really hard with the CF community to land Orkambi and I was very proud when we managed to do that. Thank goodness we did that before coronavirus struck, because for many who caught coronavirus it was literally a lifeline. Trikafta has great promise: it promises to be able to treat almost all CF sufferers, as opposed to the approximately half that Orkambi successfully treats. I have been working on that even during the crisis and I really, really hope we can make some progress.

Covid-19 Response

Debate between Lee Anderson and Matt Hancock
Monday 18th May 2020

(2 months, 2 weeks ago)

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

As I have said, in care homes we put in place infection control procedures as much as was possible at the start of this crisis, and there was not an increase in the number of people going back to care homes. But my heart goes out to the family of the hon. Lady’s constituent, who died working in social care, joining, I am afraid to say, many others who gave service during this crisis and died as a result of it. I am very happy to look specifically into her constituent’s case. We do look into the death of any health or social care worker and make sure we get to the bottom of all the lessons that can be learned, and I am very happy personally to do that in the case of the constituent that the hon. Lady has rightly raised.

Lee Anderson Portrait Lee Anderson (Ashfield) (Con) [V] - Hansard

Care homes in Ashfield such as Wren Hall, with an outstanding rating, and Sutton Manor, which is in the top 20 care homes in the east midlands, face a difficult future. With empty beds due to covid-19 comes a dramatic loss of income, which has a significant impact on their business. Could my right hon. Friend advise me what safeguards are in place to ensure that our care homes are supported to keep their doors open and continue to provide this exceptional level of care?

Matt Hancock Portrait Matt Hancock - Hansard

I want to congratulate Wren Hall, because getting an outstanding rating is not easy, and it has done that. I congratulate every single member of staff, and I thank my hon. Friend for being a champion for them and bringing to my attention Wren Hall’s outstanding rating when it was received. The funding, of course, is a critical part of this. We put in £600 million extra on Friday, and as I said, that will all go direct to care homes—it is not to go into local authority budgets for onward consideration of passing to care homes; it is to get to the care homes. That will help with infection control, but we also have to ensure that funding is sustainable for the future.

Oral Answers to Questions

Debate between Lee Anderson and Matt Hancock
Tuesday 10th March 2020

(4 months, 3 weeks ago)

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

No, the hon. Gentleman is wrong to raise this issue in this way. It was addressed in the House yesterday actually—the Prime Minister was explaining that that is not Government policy.

Lee Anderson Portrait Lee Anderson (Ashfield) (Con) - Hansard

T7. Loneliness will affect most of us during our lifetime. It can define our lives and have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing, as well as increasing pressure and costs on our health services. There are some brilliant voluntary health support services to combat loneliness, so can the Secretary of State advise me on what plans he has to join up the NHS, health and social care and our voluntary support sector to provide the best possible care for victims of loneliness? [901450]