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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 25 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Public Health: Emergencies
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria his Department uses to identify public health emergencies.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

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

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(Bristol West)
Asked on: 25 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Drugs: Death
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the reasons for the increase in drug-related deaths; and what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Home Affairs on the potential role of drug policy reform in reducing the number of drug-related deaths.
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Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

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

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(Peterborough)
Asked on: 25 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Tuberculosis
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support areas at high risk of tuberculosis.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

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

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(Leicester South)
Asked on: 25 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to tackle delays in the supply of HRT medications.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

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

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(Leicester South)
Asked on: 25 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Degaralix
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the continued supply of Degaralix for the treatment of patients with advanced prostate cancer.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

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

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Asked by Stella Creasy
(Walthamstow)
Asked on: 25 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Cervical Cancer: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the average waiting time for cervical screening results was in each region; and what assessment he has made of trends in the length of waiting times as a result of HPV screening in each of the last three years.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

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

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Human Papillomavirus: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Northern Ireland Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety on the introduction of HPV primary screening in Northern Ireland.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

I refer the hon.Member to the answer I gave on 28 October 2019 to Questions 2728 and 2729.

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Human Papillomavirus: Northern Ireland
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of the introduction of HPV primary screening in Northern Ireland.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

I refer the Honourable Member to the answer I gave on 28 October 2019 to Questions 2728 and 2729.

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Blood Cancer: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) improve and (b) expedite the appraisal process for blood cancer patients to receive appropriate treatments.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

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

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Blood Cancer: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of introducing a strategy for the treatment of blood cancer.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

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

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Blood Cancer: Mental Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure the provision of personalised psychological support for people with blood cancer.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

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

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Shingles: Vaccination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on the introduction of a call and re-call system for the uptake of vaccinations for shingles.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

Immunisations play a critical role in preventative healthcare and in promoting health and well-being across the life course, particularly in older adults when protection against shingles is so important.

The NHS Long Term Plan announced a review of general practitioner (GP) vaccination and immunisation standards, funding and procurement, which commenced in April 2019. One of the purposes of the review is to clarify what is expected of call/recall for all immunisations provided as part of the national programme, which includes shingles. Recommendations from the Review will be implemented through the GP contract where appropriate, following current negotiations.

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Asked by Jim Shannon
(Strangford)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Vaccination: Fees and Charges
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps with the Devolved Administrations to ensure a standard fee structure for the provision of vaccinations by GPs.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

Health is a devolved matter. The Department is responsible for the contractual arrangements, including vaccination fees, that cover general practitioners (GPs) in England only. These are negotiated between NHS England and the General Practitioner Committee of the British Medical Association. The administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland negotiate similar arrangements with GPs in their respective nations independently.

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Asked by Ben Bradley
(Mansfield)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Bowel Cancer: Health Education
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to increase public awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

Public Health England (PHE) has run a number of Be Clear on Cancer (BCOC) campaigns to help improve early detection of cancer, including bowel cancer.

In 2017, PHE ran a pilot campaign in the East and West Midlands which focussed on a range of abdominal symptoms, such as diarrhoea, bloating and discomfort that can be indicative of several cancers, including bowel cancer.

In January 2017, PHE and Cancer Research UK ran a regional BCOC campaign across the North West of England, aimed at increasing participation of 60 – 74-year olds in the English National Health Service Bowel Cancer Screening Programme.

Decisions on which cancers Be Clear on Cancer campaigns should focus on are informed by a steering group. This decision is under constant review, informed by the available data and medical information resources.

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(Oxford East)
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Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Influenza: Vaccination
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to contact (a) Sanofi and (b) other suppliers of flu vaccine to ensure that they supply contracted-for amounts to NHS organisations; and what monitoring his Department is undertaking to ensure supplies are being delivered.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019
Holding answer received on 31 October 2019

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

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(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Obesity
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to reduce rates of obesity.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

We published the third chapter of the childhood obesity plan in July as part of ‘Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s’. Chapter 3 sets out further measures to help meet our ambition to halve childhood obesity by 2030.

This builds on the important successes we have seen since the publication of chapter 1 in 2016, including the average sugar content of drinks subject to the soft drinks industry levy decreasing by 28.8% between 2015 and 2018 and significant investments being made in schools to promote physical activity and healthy eating.

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(Haltemprice and Howden)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Diabetes: Health Services
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much money was spent from the public purse on the (a) treatment and (b) care of people with diabetes in each year since 2014.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

The information requested is not collected centrally.

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(Houghton and Sunderland South)
[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: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Breast Cancer: Health Services
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 findings of Breast Cancer Now in its report entitled The Unsurvivors, published in October 2019, that (a) one in six respondents diagnosed with secondary breast cancer said they didn’t feel confident they would have access to the most appropriate drug treatments in the future and (b) 25 per cent of respondents said they had not seen a clinical nurse specialist.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019
Holding answer received on 31 October 2019

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

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(Huddersfield)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Health: Screening
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Written Statement on the Publication of Professor Sir Mike Richards’ Review of National Adult Screening Programmes, Official Report, HCWS11, when sole responsibility for the delivery of adult screening programmes will be transferred to NHS England.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

We are currently reviewing the recommendations made in Professor Sir Mike Richards’ report and are working closely with NHS England and NHS Improvement, Public Health England and other partners across the health system to develop an implementation plan, which we expect to publish early next year. This will ensure that any proposed changes can be implemented smoothly and without compromising the safety and efficacy of our current screening programmes.

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(Gower)
Asked on: 28 October 2019
Department of Health and Social Care
Cannabis: Medical Treatments
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answers of 27 June 2019 to Questions 266861 and 266862, how many prescriptions for full-extract medical cannabis have been fulfilled by the NHS since November 2018.
A
Answered by: Jo Churchill
Answered on: 05 November 2019

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

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