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Asked by John Healey
(Wentworth and Dearne)
Asked on: 28 January 2020
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government
Social Rented Housing: Fire Prevention
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, how many regulatory judgements were issued by the Regulator of Social Housing in relation to fire safety concerns since June 2017.
A
Answered by: Christopher Pincher
Answered on: 03 June 2020

The Regulator of Social Housing sets standards that registered providers are required to meet - including that a landlord meets all applicable statutory requirements that provide for the health and safety of the occupants of their homes. Failure to comply with a standard may result in the regulator publishing a Regulatory Judgement or a Regulatory Notice depending on the nature of the failing.

In relation to fire safety, there was one Regulatory Notice against a housing association in 2017/18. There were five Regulatory Notices in 2018/19 (four housing associations and a local authority)


From 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 there were 13 Regulatory Notices issued in total (six housing associations and seven local authorities). In addition, there were 2 Regulatory judgements issued due to health and safety concerns, including fire safety.

From 1 April 2020 to date, no Regulatory Notices have been issued relating to fire safety.

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Asked by Royston Smith
(Southampton, Itchen)
Asked on: 18 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Dental Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has provided to dentists on preventing infection during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

The Government is working to support and protect all our frontline National Health Service health and care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, including dentists. NHS England issued a series of guidance to ensure dental teams safety and their role in supporting the wider NHS and social care system during the pandemic.

NHS dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each NHS region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open across England. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety. A copy of the letter that was published can be found on the NHS England website.

The latest COVID-19 guidance for dental practices can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/dental-practice

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(Wolverhampton South West)
Asked on: 23 March 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Care Homes: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessments he has made of the adequacy of support provided for care homes to provide sufficient food to residents during the covid-19 pandemic.
A
Answered by: Helen Whately
Answered on: 03 June 2020

The United Kingdom’s food supply chain remains resilient and the Environment Secretary continues to meet regularly with representatives of the food industry to ensure people can get the food and groceries they need.

The Cabinet Office, working in partnership with the Federation of Wholesale Distributors, have launched Food2Care as a response to reports of care home owners’ concerns about food availability from supermarkets, and the increased risk of introducing Covid-19 into their residential premises if kitchen staff have to make regular shopping trips.

Foodservice wholesalers know the product and menu requirements care homes have, and they work every day with the manufacturers to meet the needs of residents. They can help design meals and menus, and they know what other similar businesses are buying. They have temperature-controlled delivery vehicles and online ordering platforms and experienced telephone sales teams.

Catering packs are larger than supermarket ones and come with nutritional and allergen information. Distributors can provide advice and Government guidance on food storage and preparation – everything care homes need to ensure their residents and teams are fed during these unprecedented times. More information can be found at the following link:

www.food2care.co.uk

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(Cambridge)
Asked on: 20 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support the Government is providing to dental practices that are part NHS and part private to ensure those practices continue to operate.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

Routine dentistry has been suspended for the peak COVID-19 period with National Health Service urgent dental care provided through a number of urgent dental treatment centres. The suspension of routine dentistry is driven both by the particularly high risk for transmission a number of dental procedures present and, during the lockdown period, the need to support social distancing by reducing footfall.

NHS England is continuing to fully fund dentists for their NHS contracts while the requirement to deliver a given amount of treatment is suspended. As part of the agreement dental practices will provide remote urgent advice, redeploy staff to provide urgent face to face care in one of the 550 urgent dental centres and redeploy other staff to support the wider NHS on COVID-19.

NHS England’s guidance on financial support and the redeployment of staff can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/dental-practice/

Private dentistry is independent of the Department and decisions on whether to continue to provide care are a matter for individual practices. However, they are advised by their professional regulator, the General Dental Council, to take careful account of the advice by the Chief Dental Officer that routine dentistry should be suspended. Dentists are being supported to follow this guidance by the financial support available through the Treasury schemes for business owners, the self-employed or salaried individuals. Which scheme applies will depend on the employment status of the individual dentist. Dentists who meet the Treasury criteria can access this support for the private element of their earnings whether or not they also provide NHS care.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety.

A copy of the letter that was published can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

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(Leicester South)
Asked on: 21 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that NHS dentistry services will continue to be available after the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020
NHS dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each National Health Service region

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS

The NHS England and Improvement guidance issued from the Chief Dental Officer on 25 March applied directly only to NHS dental care. When providing private care dentists should consider any advice or guidance issued by regulators, the relevant professional body, Chief Professional Officers, or the NHS, as appropriate. All official guidance should be considered in delivery of private or NHS treatment but guidance issued to the NHS is only binding for NHS care

NHS England and Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety. The letter to dentists setting this out is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

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(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 21 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the number of fully operating urgent dental centres open for patient referral in each (a) NHS administrative area and (b) county.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

The Government is working to support and protect all our frontline National Health Service health and care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, including dentists.

NHS dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each NHS region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open across England. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety. A copy of the letter that was published can be found on the NHS England website.

The latest COVID-19 guidance for dental practices can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/dental-practice

Grouped Questions: 38442
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(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 21 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services: Yorkshire and the Humber
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many urgent dental centres are operating in North Yorkshire and Humber; and which NHS clusters have not yet identified a potential urgent dental centre.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

The Government is working to support and protect all our frontline National Health Service health and care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, including dentists.

NHS dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each NHS region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open across England. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety. A copy of the letter that was published can be found on the NHS England website.

The latest COVID-19 guidance for dental practices can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/dental-practice

Grouped Questions: 38440
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Asked by Alex Norris
(Nottingham North)
[N]
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Asked on: 22 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the capacity of urgent dental care hubs to treat referred patients.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020
Holding answer received on 27 April 2020

The Government is working to support and protect all our frontline National Health Services health and care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, including dentists.

NHS dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each NHS region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open across England. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety. A copy of the letter that was published can be found on the NHS England website.

The latest COVID-19 guidance for dental practices can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/dental-practice

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(Leicester South)
Asked on: 22 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which urgent care centres for dental treatment have opened in each area since 25 March 2020; and how many (a) patients have been treated and (b) FP17s have been submitted for urgent care at each centre since that date.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

NHS dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each National Health Services region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

The NHS England and Improvement guidance issued from the Chief Dental Officer on 25 March applied directly only to NHS dental care. When providing private care dentists should consider any advice or guidance issued by regulators, the relevant professional body, Chief Professional Officers, or the NHS, as appropriate. All official guidance should be considered in delivery of private or NHS treatment but guidance issued to the NHS is only binding for NHS care.

NHS England and Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety. The letter to dentists setting this out is available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

Asked on: 21 April 2020
Women and Equalities
Hospitals: Gender
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to amend the Equality Act 2010 to require hospitals to provide single-sex services.
A
Answered by: Baroness Berridge
Answered on: 03 June 2020

The government is committed to maintaining protections for single-sex services. Hospitals are already able, under Paragraph 27 (5)(a) of Schedule 3 of the Equality Act 2010, to provide such services and the NHS’s guidance on Delivering Same Sex Accommodation, published in September 2019, is very clear that hospitals must provide such services, with very few exceptions.

We have no plans to change the Equality Act 2010 to require hospitals to provide single-sex services.

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Asked by Lord Mawson
Asked on: 23 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: South Korea
Lords
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the approach taken by the government of South Korea to tackling COVID-19; in particular, of the impact of multiple localised interventions and the importance of the quality of local relationships in delivering effective interventions.
A
Answered by: Lord Bethell
Answered on: 03 June 2020

The Government is monitoring the development of the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, including South Korea. International evidence has been considered alongside a wide range of other evidence to inform the United Kingdom response. The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), which provides scientific advice to support UK decision-makers during emergencies, monitors the approaches taken by other countries and how it can be useful for the Government. SAGE has published its report of the Impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to reduce COVID-19 mortality and healthcare demand. A copy is attached.

In recognition of the importance of transparency in these unprecedented times, SAGE has been publishing the statements and the accompanying evidence it has reviewed on GOV.UK to demonstrate how the scientific understanding of COVID-19 has continued to evolve as new data emerges, and how SAGE’s advice has quickly adapted to new findings that reflect a changing situation. This list can be found by searching online for ‘Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE): Coronavirus (COVID-19) response’. It will be updated as SAGE releases papers from recent and future meetings.

Imperial_College_COVID19_Report (PDF Document, 721.1 KB)
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(Kingston upon Hull North)
Asked on: 24 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Government's target travel time is for patients accessing urgent dental care during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

No target travel time has been set for patients accessing urgent dental care centres. Travelling time as with routine dental services will vary depending on the locality. NHS England and NHS Improvement are working urgently to ensure urgent dental services are in place for all who need them.

NHS dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each National Health Service region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open across England. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety. A copy of the letter that was published can be found on the NHS England website.

The latest COVID-19 guidance for dental practices can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/dental-practice

Q
(Birmingham, Edgbaston)
Asked on: 24 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the risk of covid-19 spreading in dental practices; and what steps he will take to minimise those risks.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working to ensure appropriate services are in place for all who need them.

NHS dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each NHS region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open across England. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety.

A copy of the letter that was published can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

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Asked by Neil Coyle
(Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Asked on: 24 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that people that need access to urgent dental care receive treatment as soon as possible.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working to ensure appropriate services are in place for all who need them.

NHS dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each National Health Service region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open across England. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety.

A copy of the letter that was published can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

Grouped Questions: 39607
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Asked by Neil Coyle
(Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
Asked on: 24 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of NHS plans to provide access to urgent dental care during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working to ensure appropriate services are in place for all who need them.

NHS dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each National Health Service region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open across England. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety.

A copy of the letter that was published can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

Grouped Questions: 39606
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Asked by Dr Luke Evans
(Bosworth)
Asked on: 24 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) availability of access to emergency dental treatment based on clinical need and (b) quality of that treatment during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

To meet the Government social distancing measures and to contain the spread of Covid-19 all routine dentistry has currently been suspended.

We expect all NHS dental practices to provide urgent telephone advice and triage. Dentists are giving urgent advice remotely and, if needed, prescriptions for painkillers or antibiotics. All urgent face to face treatment that is clinically necessary is available for patients who are triaged by their dentist or NHS111 into one of the 550 urgent dental care centres set up by NHS England and NHS Improvement.

The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the National Health Service and we expect this treatment to be of high quality standards.

NHS England and NHS Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety.

A copy of the letter that was published can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

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(Central Suffolk and North Ipswich)
Asked on: 27 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Dental Services: Coronavirus
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to ensure the resumption of routine dental services during the covid-19 outbreak.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

NHS England and NHS Improvement are working to ensure appropriate services are in place for all who need them.

NHS dentistry was reorganised in late March along with other NHS primary care services to minimise face to face care to contain the spread of COVID-19 during the peak of the pandemic. Dentists were asked to suspend all routine treatment and instead to offer urgent advice and, where required, prescriptions for antibiotics by telephone. Urgent treatment was made available through urgent dental centres (UDCs) set up in each NHS region.

As of 25 May there are currently over 550 UDCs open across England. Patients are triaged into UDCs by their own dentistry or through NHS 111. The urgent dental centres are expected to provide, where urgently needed, the full range of dental treatment normally available on the NHS.

NHS England and Improvement announced on 28 May that NHS dentistry outside urgent care centres will begin to restart from 8 June with the aim of increasing levels of service as fast as is compatible with maximising safety.

A copy of the letter that was published can be found at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/wp-ontent/uploads/sites/52/2020/03/Urgent-dental-care-letter-28-May.pdf

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(Sheffield South East)
[N]
Close

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: 27 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, by what date deaths outside hospital from covid-19 will be published daily.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020
Holding answer received on 04 May 2020

On 29 April 2020 the Government introduced a new daily death reporting protocol which includes deaths that have occurred in all settings where there has been a positive COVID-19 test such as hospitals, care homes and the wider community. More information can be found at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/daily-death-reporting-now-includes-all-positive-covid-19-deaths

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) is also publishing stats from deaths registered in a given week, which include deaths outside hospital such as care homes. From 28 April 2020, the ONS publish counts of deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes, based on reporting from care home operators to the Care Quality Commission. These figures will put deaths involving COVID-19 in care homes in proper context, alongside the ONS’s more comprehensive figures.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 27 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Coronavirus: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if his Department will report on all deaths with covid-19 mentioned on the death certificate that occur (a) in hospitals, (b) in care homes, (c) at home and (d) elsewhere.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

The Office for National Statistics publishes detailed data each week, drawing on data from death registration systems. Those statistics include a breakdown by region, age and gender for England and Wales and also provide direct links to equivalent sources for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The Department publishes a daily count, covering the whole of the United Kingdom, showing how many people have died following a positive test. That source does not provide a breakdown by region or other factors, but it is sourced directly from data published by public health organisations in each of the four nations of the UK; and each of those provides a detailed count by region, local authority or health board. Data from Public Health England, for example, provides both a trend series and a breakdown by local authority.

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Asked by Afzal Khan
(Manchester, Gorton)
Asked on: 27 April 2020
Department of Health and Social Care
Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the number of excess deaths reported by the Office for National Statistics; and if he will make a statement.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 03 June 2020

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care is regularly updated with COVID-19-related deaths and has regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues about policy decisions which are informed by the scientific advice, including analysis of a wide range of data sources.

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