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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to support healthcare providers through winter 2019 in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
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Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Department is working closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement to support National Health Service healthcare providers ahead of winter. This includes £240 million of funding that has been made available to help patients with adult social care needs leave hospital when ready and free-up hospital capacity.

As part of a responsible Government, the Department is doing everything appropriate to prepare for European Union exit. We want to reassure patients that our plans should ensure the supply of medicines and medical products remains uninterrupted when we leave the EU on 31 October.

The Department continues to monitor and analyse overall staffing levels in the NHS and we have been monitoring leaver and joiner rates of EU staff on a regular basis since the 2016 referendum. We are not complacent and have plans in place to ensure there will continue to be sufficient staff to deliver the high-quality services on which the public relies. Our overall programme of work is comprehensive, thorough and continuously updated and will stand irrespective of the terms in which the United Kingdom leaves the EU.

The Department is also working more broadly with delivery partners to ensure that the health and care system as a whole is prepared and ready to respond to disruption caused by EU exit.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the status of EU (a) nationals and (b) doctors working in the UK will be if they do not apply to the EU Settlement Scheme by 31 December 2020.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Individuals working in the UK who are eligible to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme but fail to do so by 31 December 2020 in a no-deal EU-exit scenario will not have lawful status under UK immigration legislation. The Government has made clear that we will accept late applications to the scheme from those who have reasonable grounds for missing the deadline.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department plans to make the EU Settlement Scheme App available on Apple devices before the UK's scheduled departure from the EU on 31 October 2019.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

EU citizens make a huge contribution to our economy and society, and we want them to stay. The EU Settlement Scheme enables them to do so. The ‘EU Exit: Identity Document Check’ app is an optional aspect of the service which allows applicants to prove their identity remotely using their biometric identity document and an android smartphone device.


We have been working closely with Apple over a number of months and expect the first IOS version of the EU Settlement Scheme app to be available in October.

Despite this there are numerous ways in which those eligible can apply, including by post.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Finance
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to make additional funding available to NHS trusts and health boards to meet potential additional costs associated with changes to reciprocal healthcare in the event of the UK leaving with EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Chancellor announced on 1 August that he has made an additional £2.1 billion available to prepare for European Union exit which includes the creation of an Operational Contingency Fund, to meet the costs of ‘no deal’ operations. This fund is available for bids where EU Exit operational costs arise that cannot be met by existing funding settlements.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people with active but incomplete applications for settled and pre-settled status will be entitled to free NHS treatment after 31 October 2019.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom on or before exit day will remain eligible for free National Health Service care as long as they remain ordinarily resident here. Being ordinarily resident broadly means living here on a lawful and properly-settled basis for the time being.

It is not currently necessary for an EU citizen to demonstrate that they have status under the EU Settlement Scheme in order to access the NHS. The European Settlement Scheme secures the residency rights for EU citizens who have been residing in the UK prior to the day we leave the EU. EU citizens already living in the UK on exit day have up until 31 December 2020 to apply for Settled Status, but their access to healthcare will remain the same regardless of whether they apply for Settled Status up to then.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: EEA Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what tariff will EEA visitors be charged for NHS services in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Government has made it clear that European Union citizens living in the United Kingdom on or before exit day will remain eligible for free National Health Service care as long as they remain ordinarily resident here. Should an EU citizen not be entitled to free NHS care, the Government has announced that they will continue to be charged at 100% of the standard NHS tariff.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether doctors and healthcare workers in Northern Ireland will be permitted in the course of their employment to be in possession of medication in the Republic of Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Health and care professionals possessing dual registration in Ireland and Northern Ireland will continue to be able to work across the border should we leave the European Union without a deal. Those who are currently able to write prescriptions for both Ireland and Northern Ireland will still be able to do so.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of her Department's capacity to register EU nationals who are already in the UK by the end of December 2020, in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
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Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

We are fully committed to ensuring that our operational teams have the re-sources they need to run an efficient and effective migration system. In addition to the new technology and processes, we have over 1,500 UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) European Casework staff in post to process applications, along with 250 staff handling calls and emails, helping people with their individual cases.

In the event of the UK leaving the UK without a withdrawal agreement, the EU Settlement Scheme will remain open until at least 31st December 2020 for EEA nationals and their family members resident in the UK at the date of exit. European temporary leave to remain will be granted to EEA and Swiss citizens newly arriving in the UK after exit to live, study and work here for a period longer than three months.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Immigration: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans her Department has to increase communication with EU nationals on the EU settlement scheme.
A
Answered by: Brandon Lewis
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It is vital that the over three million EU citizens and their family members living in the UK understand how and when to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme.

When the scheme launched fully in March, the department delivered a £3.75m marketing campaign to raise awareness of the scheme. More than one million people have now been granted status and EU citizens and their families have until at least 31 December 2020 to apply.

Advertising and local events are underway to support the cross government Get Ready campaign and further publicity will roll out over the lifetime of the Scheme. All available channels will be used to reach our audiences – such as direct marketing, radio, video-on-demand and outdoor advertising, presentations, email updates, toolkits and webinars to name a few – to direct EU citizens towards reliable sources of information on GOV.UK and the application itself.

No-one will be left behind which is why we are also working in partnership with vulnerable group representatives, local authorities and other experts to make sure everyone knows what they need to do and has the right level of support.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to support NHS providers who do not have full contingency plans in place if the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

As part of a responsible Government, the Department is doing everything appropriate to prepare for European Union exit. We want to reassure patients that our plans should ensure the supply of medicines and medical products remains uninterrupted when we leave the EU on 31 October.

The Department is implementing a multi-layered approach, which consists of stockpiling where possible, securing freight capacity, changing or clarifying regulatory requirements, procuring additional warehousing, working closely with industry to improve trader readiness and putting in place the National Supply Disruption Response to manage potential shortages.

As part of this we are working closely with partners across the health and care system and industry, including the National Health Service and NHS Supply Chain, on robust preparations for EU exit.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how his Department plans to communicate changes in reciprocal healthcare arrangements to EU nationals in the UK in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Department is working closely with other Government departments and the National Health Service to ensure that European Union citizens are aware of the requirements to access healthcare in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the EU without a deal. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a large-scale public information campaign setting out what business and the public need to know as we prepare to leave the EU. Further guidance and information will be published in due course.

We have published the following guidance on GOV.UK at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-for-eu-and-efta-citizens-visiting-the-uk

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-for-eu-and-efta-nationals-living-in-the-uk

Grouped Questions: 284985
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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether doctors will be required to determine a patient's eligibility for healthcare in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Doctors will not be required to determine patient’s entitlement for free National Health Service healthcare in any European Union exit scenario. A clinician’s role is to provide the relevant healthcare for patients and make decisions on their treatment based on their clinical needs. Clinicians will at times be required to make a decision on whether treatment is immediately necessary, urgent or can safely wait until the individual leaves the United Kingdom for those patients identified as not eligible for NHS-funded care, as this will determine when payment has to be taken.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to minimise disruption to (a) patients, (b) health workers and (c) health services in Northern Ireland in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

To minimise disruption to patients, the Department, in consultation with the devolved administrations, has been working with trade bodies, product suppliers, and the health and care system in England to make detailed plans that should ensure continuation of the supply of medical products to the whole of the United Kingdom and its Crown Dependencies in the event of leaving the European Union without a deal.

The Department continues to implement a multi-layered approach to minimise supply disruption. These plans echo and enhance the plans that were in place ahead of March/April.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
101 Calls: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the barriers to 3 network customers connecting to the 101 service due to tariff issues.
A
Answered by: Matt Warman
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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(Stockton South)
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Asked on: 02 September 2019
Home Office
Cleveland Police: Brexit
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings her Department has had with Cleveland Police on preparations for the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Kit Malthouse
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Home Office has not met directly with Cleveland Police on this matter. However, it is the duty of any responsible Government to prepare for every eventuality including the scenario that we leave the EU without agreeing a deal.


Home Office officials are working closely with the National Police Co-ordination Centre(NPoCC) and with the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) to determine the impact of EU Exit on policing and plan accordingly.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Visitors: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of trends in health visitor recruitment in (a) the UK, (b) Teesside, and (c) Stockton South constituency.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

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(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Visitors: Recruitment
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to work with the NHS and other partners in primary and community care to increase health visitor numbers in (a) the UK, (b) Teesside, and (c) Stockton South constituency.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 09 September 2019

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Prorogation.

Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 02 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: EU Nationals
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure EU nationals are aware of the requirement to provide evidence that they live in the UK on a lawful basis to access healthcare in the UK in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

The Department is working closely with other Government departments and the National Health Service to ensure that European Union citizens are aware of the requirements to access healthcare in the event of the United Kingdom leaving the EU without a deal. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has a large-scale public information campaign setting out what business and the public need to know as we prepare to leave the EU. Further guidance and information will be published in due course.

We have published the following guidance on GOV.UK at the following links:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-for-eu-and-efta-citizens-visiting-the-uk

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/healthcare-for-eu-and-efta-nationals-living-in-the-uk

Grouped Questions: 284502
Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
NHS: Drugs
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding will be made available to mitigate any increase in the price of medicines as a result of the UK leaving the EU without an agreement.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

As part of a responsible government, the Department is doing everything appropriate to prepare for European Union exit. We want to reassure patients that our plans should ensure the supply of medicines and medical products when we leave the EU on 31 October.

The Department, in consultation with the devolved administrations, has been working with trade bodies, product suppliers, and the health and care system in England to make detailed plans that should ensure continuation of the supply of medicines to the whole of the United Kingdom and its Crown Dependencies.

On 26 June, we wrote to suppliers of medicines to the UK from or via the EU or European Economic Area setting out our continuing multi-layered approach to support continuity of supply of medicines and medical products from 31 October.

Further details can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/medicines-and-medical-products-supply-government-updates-no-deal-brexit-plans

Ahead of 31 October, all necessary funding will be made available to support our preparations. On 31 July, HM Treasury announced an additional £434 million made available to help ensure continuity of supply of vital medicines and medical products, including through freight capacity, warehousing and stockpiling.

Patients, hospitals and community pharmacies do not need to and should not undertake any stockpiling. Separate guidance issued to all National Health Service trusts, pharmacies and general practices has informed them of our plans and advising them that they can expect to be able to continue accessing medicines through their existing supply routes when the UK leaves the EU.

The Department’s Medicine Supply Team has well established procedures to deal with medicine shortages and works closely with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the pharmaceutical industry, NHS England and others operating in the supply chain to help prevent shortages and to ensure that the risks to patients are minimised when they do arise.

Both the 2019 Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access and the statutory branded medicines pricing scheme have detailed arrangements for how companies can request an increase to the NHS list price for a product.

Grouped Questions: 286354 | 286361
Q
(Stockton South)
Asked on: 03 September 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how he plans to sustain and develop cross-border services between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after the UK leaves the EU.
A
Answered by: Chris Skidmore
Answered on: 09 September 2019

Healthcare is devolved, and it is therefore the Northern Ireland Department of Health that will lead in this area.

The United Kingdom Government supports continued cooperation between Ireland and Northern Ireland, as provided for by the Belfast Agreement.

To help facilitate such cooperation we have been negotiating with the Irish Government under the auspices of the Common Travel Area, which will maintain a variety of reciprocal rights for British and Irish citizens when travelling or resident in one another’s jurisdictions.

Health and care professionals possessing dual registration in Ireland and Northern Ireland will continue to work across the border should we leave the European Union without a deal.

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