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Asked by Julie Elliott
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Asked on: 15 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Dietary Supplements: Prescriptions
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 7 October 2019 to Question 292911 on Dietary Supplements: Expenditure, in what situations and to treat which illnesses are the probiotics listed in that Answer prescribed.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 21 October 2019

Prior to being delisted from Part XV of the Drug Tariff, VSL#3 and Vivomixx were approved by the Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances (ACBS) and recommended for prescribing ‘For use under the supervision of a physician for the maintenance of antibiotic induced remission of ileoanal pouchitis in adults.’

Symprove was never recommended for prescribing by the ACBS.

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Asked by Julie Elliott
(Sunderland Central)
[N]
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'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health Services: North East
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what funding his Department plans to make available to (a) healthcare in the North East of England, (b) healthcare in Sunderland and (c) the South Tyneside and Sunderland Hospital Trust in the next five years.
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Corrected answer by: Edward Argar
Corrected on: 21 October 2019
An error has been identified in the written answer given on 21 October 2019.
The correct answer should have been:

CCG allocations for North East of England are shown in the attached table. The North East of England is expected to receive more than the England average per head per year in every year from 2019/20 to 2023/24.

In addition to the loans listed for Sunderland, the following trusts in the North East of England have secured capital loans:

- Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust: £1million

- North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust: £835,000

- Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust: £210,000 and £112,000

- Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: £468,000

- The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £500,000

On 5 August, the Government announced a further £1.8 billion increase to National Health Service capital spending. £1 billion of this funding will free up the NHS to take forward and expand their existing plans for investment in infrastructure and unlocking delivery of commitments already made; whilst £850 million of this increase allows 20 new hospital upgrades to start as soon as possible, including £41.6 million to Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the transfer of Paediatric Cardiac Services from Freeman Hospital to Royal Victoria Infirmary.

In addition, as the Secretary of State recently set out, a new Health Infrastructure Plan will be brought forward to deliver a strategic major hospital rebuilding programme, providing the necessary health infrastructure across the country.

NHS Sunderland CCG’s allocations are shown in the attached table. By 2023-24, it will receive £1883.97 per head per year - £380.04 per head per year above the England average.

As part of the tranche 4 STP funding Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust will receive £54.2 million for a single integrated secure service centre of excellence and the re-provision of Newcastle and Gateshead adult acute inpatient services.

In 2019/20 South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust was allocated £2million Public Dividend Capital for GDE Fast Follower scheme.

The trust’s predecessor, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust also secured a £887,000 Public Dividend Capital award as part of a national programme for Energy Efficient LED Lighting.

The Department are also aware of a likely award of Public Dividend Capital relating to Urgent and Emergency Care Services provision which is in the process of being allocated and there are a number of on-going capital funding programmes which the trust may be considering applications for.

PQ607 CCG allocations (Excel SpreadSheet, 20.03 KB)
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Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 21 October 2019

CCG allocations for North East of England are shown in the attached table. The North East of England is expected to receive more than the England average per head per year in every year from 2019/20 to 2023/24.

In addition to the loans listed for Sunderland, the following trusts in the North East of England have secured capital loans:

- Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust: £1million

- North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust: £835,000

- Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust: £210,000 and £112,000

- Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust: £468,000

- The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: £500,000

On 5 August, the Government announced a further £1.8 billion increase to National Health Service capital spending. £1 billion of this funding will free up the NHS to take forward and expand their existing plans for investment in infrastructure and unlocking delivery of commitments already made; whilst £850 million of this increase allows 20 new hospital upgrades to start as soon as possible, including £41.6 million to Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the transfer of Paediatric Cardiac Services from Freeman Hospital to Royal Victoria Infirmary.

In addition, as the Secretary of State recently set out, a new Health Infrastructure Plan will be brought forward to deliver a strategic major hospital rebuilding programme, providing the necessary health infrastructure across the country.

NHS Sunderland CCG’s allocations are shown in the attached table. By 2023-24, it will receive £1883.97 per head per year - £380.04 per head per year above the England average.

As part of the tranche 4 STP funding Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust will receive £54.2 million for a single integrated secure service centre of excellence and the re-provision of Newcastle and Gateshead adult acute inpatient services.

In 2019/20 South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust was allocated £2million Public Dividend Capital for GDE Fast Follower scheme.

The trust’s predecessor, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust also secured a £887,000 Public Dividend Capital award as part of a national programme for Energy Efficient LED Lighting.

The Department are also aware of a likely award of Public Dividend Capital relating to Urgent and Emergency Care Services provision which is in the process of being allocated and there are a number of on-going capital funding programmes which the trust may be considering applications for.

PQ607 CCG allocations (Excel SpreadSheet, 20.03 KB)
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Asked by Julie Elliott
(Sunderland Central)
[N]
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Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 15 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust: Infrastructure
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether the Government plans to make funding available to South Tyneside and Sunderland Hospital Trust for infrastructure expenditure.
A
Answered by: Edward Argar
Answered on: 21 October 2019

The Government has recognised the need for further capital investment in the National Health Service. Over summer 2019 we announced a £1.8 billion increase to NHS capital spending (including £850 million for 20 more hospital upgrades), £200 million for new diagnostic screening equipment and more recently an initial £2.8 billion investment in new hospital schemes. This is all additional to the £3.9 billion extra capital funding announced at the 2017 Spring and Autumn Budgets.

Whilst South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust was not selected for this round of funding, the Government has recently provided significant investment in the North East. Notably, £41.7 million to Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for the transfer of Paediatric Cardiac Services from Freeman Hospital to Royal Victoria Infirmary, and £54.2 million to Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust for a single integrated secure service centre of excellence and the re-provision of Newcastle and Gateshead adult acute inpatient services.

In 2019/20 South Tyneside and Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust was allocated £2 million of Public Dividend Capital for GDE Fast Follower scheme, and the Trust’s predecessor City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust also secured a £887,000 Public Dividend Capital award as part of a national programme for Energy Efficient LED Lighting.

Looking ahead, the Government has just launched a new Health Infrastructure Plan, that will deliver a long-term, rolling five-year programme of investment in health infrastructure. The final shape of this investment programme will be confirmed when the Department receives a new multi-year capital settlement at the next capital review. We encourage all NHS providers to continue developing their schemes and discussing their proposals with the regional NHS England and NHS Improvement team, to help them be ready for future opportunities.



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