Department of Health and Social Care

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Secretary of State

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Sajid Javid
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Scottish National Party
Martyn Day (SNP - Linlithgow and East Falkirk)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Public Health and Primary Care)

Democratic Unionist Party
Jim Shannon (DUP - Strangford)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

Liberal Democrat
Munira Wilson (LDEM - Twickenham)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

Labour
Baroness Wheeler (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

Scottish National Party
Philippa Whitford (SNP - Central Ayrshire)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

Labour
Jonathan Ashworth (LAB - Leicester South)
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Baroness Merron (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

Plaid Cymru
Ben Lake (PC - Ceredigion)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)

Liberal Democrat
Baroness Brinton (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Health)

Scottish National Party
Lisa Cameron (SNP - East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Mental Health)

Labour
Baroness Thornton (LAB - Life peer)
Shadow Spokesperson (Health)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Rosena Allin-Khan (LAB - Tooting)
Shadow Minister (Mental Health)
Liz Kendall (LAB - Leicester West)
Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)
Justin Madders (LAB - Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)
Alex Norris (LAB - Nottingham North)
Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)
Ministers of State
Gillian Keegan (CON - Chichester)
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Edward Argar (CON - Charnwood)
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Maggie Throup (CON - Erewash)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Maria Caulfield (CON - Lewes)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Lord Kamall (CON - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Scheduled Event
Tuesday 19th October 2021
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19 Oct 2021, 11:30 a.m.
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Tuesday 21st September 2021
Health and Care Bill (Ninth sitting)
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Written Answers
Wednesday 22nd September 2021
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Secondary Legislation
Monday 20th September 2021
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Wednesday 22nd September 2021
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Treaty
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Department of Health and Social Care Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
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Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

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A Bill to confer power to amend or supplement the law relating to human medicines, veterinary medicines and medical devices; make provision about the enforcement of regulations, and the protection of health and safety, in relation to medical devices; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Thursday 11th February 2021 and was enacted into law.


A Bill to make provision in connection with coronavirus; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Wednesday 25th March 2020 and was enacted into law.


To make provision regarding the funding of the health service in England in respect of each financial year until the financial year that ends with 31 March 2024.

This Bill received Royal Assent on Monday 16th March 2020 and was enacted into law.

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These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/582) (“the International Travel Regulations”).
These Regulations amend Schedules 5 and 11 to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/582).
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Petitions

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Advice from the JCVI on the priority groups for a Covid-19 vaccine does not include school/childcare workers. This petition calls for these workers, who cannot distance or use PPE, to be kept safe at work by being put on the vaccine priority list when such a list is adopted into government policy.

We want the Government to commit to not rolling out any e-vaccination status/immunity passport to the British public. Such passports could be used to restrict the rights of people who have refused a Covid-19 vaccine, which would be unacceptable.

I want the Government to prevent any restrictions being placed on those who refuse to have any potential Covid-19 vaccine. This includes restrictions on travel, social events, such as concerts or sports. No restrictions whatsoever.

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Departmental Select Committee

Health and Social Care Committee

Commons Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Health and Social Care Committee
Jeremy Hunt Portrait
Jeremy Hunt (Conservative - South West Surrey)
Health and Social Care Committee Chair since 29th January 2020
Laura Trott Portrait
Laura Trott (Conservative - Sevenoaks)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Dean Russell Portrait
Dean Russell (Conservative - Watford)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Sarah Owen Portrait
Sarah Owen (Labour - Luton North)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Taiwo Owatemi Portrait
Taiwo Owatemi (Labour - Coventry North West)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Luke Evans Portrait
Luke Evans (Conservative - Bosworth)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
James Davies Portrait
James Davies (Conservative - Vale of Clwyd)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Rosie Cooper Portrait
Rosie Cooper (Labour - West Lancashire)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Paul Bristow Portrait
Paul Bristow (Conservative - Peterborough)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 2nd March 2020
Barbara Keeley Portrait
Barbara Keeley (Labour - Worsley and Eccles South)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 11th May 2020
Anum Qaisar-Javed Portrait
Anum Qaisar-Javed (Scottish National Party - Airdrie and Shotts)
Health and Social Care Committee Member since 25th May 2021

50 most recent Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department

14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on NHS frontline staffing levels of the advice that from 28 weeks all NHS staff who are pregnant should work from home and if that is not possible take sick leave or be suspended on full pay.

The Department has made no such assessment.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps is he taking to retain NHS staff.

The NHS People Plan sets out a range of actions to improve retention including improving flexible working opportunities and building a supportive and inclusive workplace culture.

All staff have access to a comprehensive psychological and emotional support package, including health and wellbeing apps, a help and a text service and 40 dedicated mental health hubs that are either established or currently mobilising across the country. In addition, the NHS Retention Programme is developing and implementing interventions to support staff to stay. To address challenges resulting from the pandemic, we have also established the People Recovery Task Force, to provide expert advice on initiatives to support National Health Service staff.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to support victims of racial discrimination in the NHS.

The NHS People Plan sets out actions to address racial discrimination, including the appointment of an equalities champion in every National Health Service organisation, equipping line managers to discuss equality, diversity and inclusion as part of wellbeing conversations, and launching a joint training programme for Freedom to Speak Up Guardians and Workforce Race Equality Standard Experts. NHS England and NHS Improvement will publish a race equality strategy later this year, building on the actions in the People Plan.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what efficiencies have been identified in the NHS in the last 12 months; and what relationship will there be between those efficiencies and the new Health and Social Care Levy.

The National Health Service has continued to implement programmes to improve efficiency, including surgical hubs which streamline processes to provide more operations per day; transformation of patient pathways; patient-initiated follow-ups which provide patients flexibility to arrange follow-ups as needed and avoiding unnecessary appointments; virtual appointments; and advice and guidance which enable clinicians to advise each other more quickly on test results and referral options. The Elective Recovery Accelerator programmes will also address NHS adoption of productivity improvements. These programmes will be supported by the new Health and Social Care Levy.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support available to families affected by dementia in (a) Slough and (b) the South East.

The Department of Health and Social Care has indicated that it will not be possible to answer this question within the usual time period. An answer is being prepared and will be provided as soon as it is available.

Gillian Keegan
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of covid-19 infections being brought into schools as a result of pupils not isolating when other family members have tested positive for covid-19.

No specific assessment has been made. The Joint Biosecurity Centre is working with regional partnership teams to closely monitor the impact of COVID-19 infections as a result of schools returning.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled National Food Strategy: part one, published in July 2021, what plans his Department has to engage with the food and drink manufacturing industry ahead of publication of the Government’s Food Strategy White Paper.

The Department plans to engage with the food and drink manufacturing industry where appropriate. We will also engage with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as it develops its white paper on the National Food Strategy.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what additional support he will make available for parents and children to be able to have supported conversations about the covid-19 vaccine for 12 to 15 year olds.

Additional information for parents and children to have supported conversations about the COVID-19 vaccine for 12-15 year olds is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-resources-for-children-and-young-people

A consent form and information leaflet provided by the School Age Immunisation Service (SAIS) team will be used to seek parental consent. Parents will also be provided with a contact number for the SAIS team in case of any queries. The information leaflet is addressed to the child as the recipient of the vaccine and encourages them to discuss the decision about the vaccine with their parents. There are accessible versions of the consent form and leaflets available for those with a learning disability or who live with autism. There are braille and British Sign Language videos to order or download and translations will also be made available.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to what extent the UK delegation at the forthcoming Conference of the Parties of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will (a) have its policy positions determined by his Department in advance and (b) have leeway to determine its own policy positions during the Conference.

The Department’s policy position at the ninth Conference of the Parties (COP9) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control will be determined in advance of the meeting, in accordance with the 2017 Tobacco Control Plan and our ambition to be smoke free by 2030.

Departmental officials will review the agenda items and papers along with relevant required actions for opportunities to present the United Kingdom’s position, in compliance with the rules of procedure at COP9.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent steps he has taken to allow people who have received a covid-19 vaccination outside of the UK to register that vaccination on the NHS covid pass.

A pilot scheme to enable some United Kingdom residents vaccinated overseas to demonstrate their vaccination status through the NHS COVID Pass will be launched in England from the end of September. Further development will be undertaken once the pilot is underway.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for Prevention, Public Health and Primary Care of 10 June 2021, Official Report, Column 465WH, what recent progress has been made towards the review into Swedish snus; and what her planned timetable is for that review.

The sale of oral tobacco is banned in the United Kingdom under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016. The Department is undertaking a post implementation review of these regulations and is analysing the evidence base submitted through a public consultation and external research. This includes evidence on oral tobacco. The Department is due to publish its response later this year.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
17th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are any barriers to people receiving one covid-19 vaccination in Scotland and one in England.

COVID-19 vaccines authorised for use are commensurate across the United Kingdom and are recognised by NHS England and NHS Improvement. Data sharing agreements are in place to ensure health records of individuals vaccinated outside of their home nation can access their proof of vaccination via the relevant health authority.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 27 July 2021 to Question 36637 on Lung Cancer: Screening, what criteria his Department plans to use to inform its decision on the introduction of population screening for lung cancer as a result of the recommendation from the National Screening Committee.

The United Kingdom National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is currently considering the evidence for a population lung cancer screening programme. A recommendation will then be submitted to the Department ministers for a final decision alongside a Departmental impact assessment. The UK NSC will assess the effectiveness of the test and subsequent interventions, as well as cost effectiveness and feasibility of implementation in making their recommendation. The Department will review these criteria alongside the recommendation.

Maria Caulfield
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2021 to Question 32520, when British citizens who received their covid-19 vaccinations overseas will be able to register their vaccine status for access to an NHS Covid Pass.

A pilot scheme to enable some United Kingdom residents vaccinated overseas to demonstrate their vaccination status through the NHS COVID Pass will be launched in England from the end of September. Further development will be undertaken once the pilot is underway.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his timetable is commencement of the national flu immunisation programme for 2021 to 2022.

The national flu immunisation programme commenced on 1 September 2021.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy for children aged 12-15 who are eligible for the covid-19 vaccination due to clinical vulnerability to isolate at home for 3 weeks after their first vaccine.

We have no plans to do so.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will review his policy of quarantine for travellers who have had covid-19 vaccinations from two different suppliers following an assessment of the evidence on the effect of mixing vaccines on levels of protection from covid-19.

From 22 September, international travellers vaccinated with two different doses across approved countries or two different doses of the approved vaccines will be eligible for reduced quarantine and testing requirements when returning to the United Kingdom from non ‘red list’ countries.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reasons his Department is not collecting data at local authority level on infection rates (a) among black and minority ethnic residents and (b) according to socioeconomic data on vaccine take-up.

Public Health England (PHE) does collect data at local authority level on the ethnicity and socioeconomic status for COVID-19 cases and people who have received COVID-19 vaccination. Directors of Public Health and their teams have access to the COVID-19 Situational Awareness Portal which includes fully identifiable demographic information. The Portal also includes vaccination data by date of vaccinations, sex, age band and ethnicity.

PHE publishes case data by ethnicity at national and regional levels in the weekly flu and COVID-19 surveillance report which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/national-flu-and-covid-19-surveillance-reports-2021-to-2022-season

Data on cases and vaccination at local authority level is available at the following link:

https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many companies have received fines under the Food Information Regulations 2014 for non-disclosure or provision of incorrect information on the presence of allergens in food in each year since 2014.

The Food Standard Agency has been notified of 20 successful prosecutions related to nine businesses since 2016, which is shown in the following table:

Year

Number of offences

Number of businesses

2016

2

2

2017

8

1

2018

4

3

2019

6

3

Data prior to 2016 is not held centrally in the format requested as individual local authorities, as the bodies responsible for taking enforcement action in relation to food law offences, submitted this information on a voluntary basis.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of returning covid-19 testing and contact tracing to local public health teams to lead.

We have no plans to make such an assessment.

NHS Test and Trace and local authorities already work within a joint framework focused on preventing, identifying and managing local outbreaks and engaging with local communities to support effective testing, contact tracing and self-isolation. Within this framework, local public health teams have more control through community-led testing, expanded local tracing partnerships and the sharing of data, insight and analysis used to identify clusters of new infections and potential local outbreaks.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to reassess South Africa’s red list categorisation in response to South Africa’s low covid-19 infection rate.

All countries, including South Africa, are continually monitored as part of the Joint Biosecurity Centre’s assessments which are reviewed every three weeks.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he plans to have with representatives of the emergency services on (a) proposals for an agreed national standard for decibel levels for sirens on emergency vehicles and (b) the noise pollution impact of those sirens on (i) pedestrians, (ii) cyclists, (iii) other road users and (iv) residential areas.

There are currently no discussions planned.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent assessment he has made of the potential effect of the proposals in the Health and Care Bill on geographic equity of access to healthcare.

The proposals in the Health and Care Bill will allow NHS England to delegate some of their responsibilities for commissioning services to integrated care boards (ICBs). This will give ICBs the flexibility to decide how to deliver their functions based on the needs of their local population. NHS England will continue to have oversight to ensure that these are being effectively discharged.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
6th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of delays in the modernisation of health services in Shropshire on trends in the adequacy of A&E services at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

No recent assessment has been made.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the current waiting time is for joint replacement surgery in Ellesmere Port and Neston constituency.

The data is not held in the format requested.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to reply to correspondence from the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead of 19 April 2021, case no MP68181, on specialist services for spinal cord injury.

We replied to the hon. Member on 15 September 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 30 June 2021 to Question 22142 on Food: Sugar, what the outcome of discussions held with Public Health England was on the sugar reduction programme and the voluntary ambition reduction of 20 per cent.

The fourth progress report for the sugar reduction programme is expected to be published by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities in late autumn 2021.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will hold discussions with representatives of GPs to establish a national assessment of the outcome of the measles, mumps and rubella catch-up programme for 10 and 11 year olds.

Ministers meet regularly with general practitioner stakeholders, including the Royal College of General Practitioners and the British Medical Association to discuss a range of issues.

A national catch-up campaign was launched in April 2013 with the objective of ensuring that 95% of children aged 10 to 16 years old received at least one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Subsequent evaluation estimated that vaccine coverage in England following the campaign was close to 95%.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many deaths recorded within 28 days of positive covid-19 test occurred on each day from (a) 1 August 2020 to 13 September 2020 and (b) on the corresponding days in 2021.

The information requested is shown in the following table.

Date of Death

2020

2021

1 August

9

73

2 August

8

65

3 August

14

66

4 August

10

70

5 August

3

85

6 August

9

79

7 August

7

85

8 August

11

65

9 August

8

68

10 August

11

68

11 August

10

79

12 August

6

91

13 August

7

86

14 August

6

79

15 August

11

70

16 August

4

69

17 August

12

93

18 August

7

78

19 August

2

91

20 August

8

101

21 August

7

87

22 August

6

102

23 August

13

94

24 August

5

102

25 August

11

86

26 August

11

102

27 August

8

104

28 August

8

99

29 August

5

103

30 August

6

88

31 August

7

92

1 September

2

92

2 September

8

100

3 September

6

118

4 September

6

107

5 September

12

106

6 September

8

113

7 September

13

107

8 September

9

96

9 September

9

107*

10 September

12

74*

11 September

10

55*

12 September

18

56*

13 September

14

13*

Source: UK Coronavirus Dashboard - Number of deaths of people who had had a positive test result for COVID-19 and died within 28 days of the first positive test. Data extracted 14 September 2021. https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/deaths?areaType=nation%26areaName=England#card-deaths_within_28_days_of_positive_test_by_date_of_death

Note:

*As the above data is based on date of death, data for the most recent days are subject to reporting delay as death reports can take several days to be submitted to Public Health England following the death of a person.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether doses of the Astrazeneca Covishield have been rebranded as Vaxzevria upon distribution to UK citizens.

No doses of the AstraZeneca Covishield branded vaccines have been purchased by the Government. All AstraZeneca vaccine doses approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and administered in the United Kingdom were branded as the ’COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca’ which is now known commercially as ‘Vaxzeria’. The MHRA has not approved doses branded as ‘Covishield’ and none have been administered or rebranded as Vaxzevria in the UK. All AstraZeneca vaccines are the same product and appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many doses of the Astrazeneca Covishield branded vaccines batches have been purchased by the Government and and how many have been used.

No doses of the AstraZeneca Covishield branded vaccines have been purchased by the Government. All AstraZeneca vaccine doses approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and administered in the United Kingdom were branded as the ’COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca’ which is now known commercially as ‘Vaxzeria’. The MHRA has not approved doses branded as ‘Covishield’ and none have been administered or rebranded as Vaxzevria in the UK. All AstraZeneca vaccines are the same product and appear on the NHS COVID Pass as Vaxzevria.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has he made timeliness of the delivery of the flu vaccine on (a) flu infection rates and (b) hospital admissions and (c) projected deaths from flu this winter.

Public Health England has not made a formal assessment.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
14th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help increase vaccine uptake among Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups given the figure for vaccine hesitancy among Black and Black British adults is at 21 per cent. compared with 4 per cent. for white adults.

A local, community-led approach, with support provided from Government, NHS England and NHS Improvement and local authorities to coordinate and enable action, is in place. Directors of public health receive daily updates on vaccine uptake in their areas, broken down to small areas and key subgroups including by gender and ethnicity.

On 25 January £23.75million was invested in the Community Champions Scheme. The Scheme targets older people, disabled people, and people from ethnic minority backgrounds who are more likely to suffer long-term impacts and poor outcomes from COVID-19. Local authorities participating in the Community Champions Scheme provide monthly progress reports.

We have also provided information and advice via TV, radio and social media, translated into 13 languages. Print and online material, including interviews and practical advice has appeared in over 600 national, regional, local and specialist titles including media aimed at Asian, Bangladeshi, Bengali, Gujarati and Pakistani communities. We have met with faith leaders and the Moral and Ethical Advisory Group on COVID-19 immunisation and sought consideration of how best to clearly communicate about the benefits of the vaccine.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that access to long-acting reversible contraception is equitable across (a) geographies and (b) demographics.

The Department is currently developing a new Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy, which will be published later this year. We are considering issues related to equitable access to long-acting reversible contraception across both geographies and demographics and the potential use of targeted interventions as we develop the Strategy.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase access to contraceptive services among (a) people living with disabilities, (b) black people and people of colour and (c) ethnic minorities through targeted interventions.

The Department is currently developing a new Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy, which will be published later this year. We are considering issues related to equitable access to long-acting reversible contraception across both geographies and demographics and the potential use of targeted interventions as we develop the Strategy.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter dated 30 June 2021 from the hon. Member for West Lancashire regarding medical exemptions for covid-19 PCR testing, reference ZA56865.

We replied to the hon. Member on 17 September 2021.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether international students arriving on UK university campuses, who have had one or more of covid-19 vaccination dose from a MHRA-approved vaccine outside of the UK’s vaccination programme, will be exempt from the requirement to self-isolate in the event that a close contact is a confirmed covid-19 case, in line with the position for their UK peers.

International students vaccinated abroad, including a vaccine approved by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, are required to self-isolate if identified as a close contact. All those testing positive must self-isolate, regardless of vaccination status or where they were vaccinated.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that minimum standards of performance and reliability are met by private-sector providers of covid-19 polymerase chain reaction tests for British nationals returning from overseas in respect of those providers accredited by his Department.

For day two and day eight testing, we closely monitor the performance, including delivery and testing services, of private providers to ensure a high-quality service to customers. Those providing inadequate services receive a five-day warning to demonstrate they have rectified their service and if they do not, are removed from the GOV.UK list. Private providers may be reinstated to the list once they have undertaken corrective action and provided the Department with such evidence.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate his Department has made of the overall cost of the process to recruit, appoint and designate chairs and chief executives of the anticipated 42 NHS Integrated Care Boards across England.

The recruitment process for these posts is still ongoing and projected overall costs are not yet confirmed. However, NHS England and NHS Improvement have minimised the costs of recruitment through national and regional co-ordination.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when people who have received one of their two covid-19 vaccinations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland will be able to obtain an NHS Covid pass.

Live data flows have been set up by NHS Digital between England and Wales and England and Scotland, which update both the general practitioner (GP) record and NHS COVID Pass status. Those vaccinated in England but registered with a GP in Wales or Scotland, can access the certification services provided in Wales and Scotland and vice versa.

There is currently no data sharing process in place with Northern Ireland, though we aim to put this in place as soon as possible. We are also urgently developing temporary solutions to enable certification until the data flows are established.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of adding only those providers that have been vetted and found to meet the minimum standards for the type of commercial covid-19 testing service they offer to the list of private providers of covid-19 testing on the Government website.

Private providers are added to the GOV.UK list once their self-declaration has been assessed by United Kingdom Accreditation Service as meeting the Government’s minimum standards. This includes applying for and progressing through the three-staged accreditation process providing sample collection and/or sample testing services.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
15th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to provide mental health support for workers having to self-isolate after receiving a positive covid-19 PCR test.

Councils should work with individuals to identify whether they can support themselves, seek assistance from family and friends or require additional help. Councils should be ready to signpost assistance relating to mental health, including support groups, charity and voluntary sector services, telephone help lines and online support. Since March 2021, the Government has made £85.5 million available to councils to deliver practical and emotional support and this funding will continue until March 2022. Contact tracers will continue to direct individuals to COVID-19 guidance on mental health, their general practitioner or NHS 111 for the appropriate support.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether vulnerable residents in (a) care homes and (b) hospital facilities will be less at risk of serious illness in the event that they are infected with covid-19 by staff who have been fully vaccinated against that disease; to what extent being fully vaccinated against covid-19 prevents a person from transmitting that virus to vulnerable people; and if he will make a statement.

Several studies have provided evidence that vaccines are effective at preventing infection and symptomatic disease. Uninfected individuals cannot transmit the virus, therefore the vaccines are also likely to be effective at preventing transmission from staff to vulnerable patients. Data from Scotland has also shown that household contacts of vaccinated healthcare workers are at reduced risk, which is in line with the studies on infection. There may be additional benefit due to prevention of infection, if some individuals who become infected despite vaccination are also at a reduced risk of transmitting because of reduced duration or level of viral shedding.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of splitting the reported data on covid-19 deaths within 28 days of a positive test by people who are (a) fully vaccinated, (b) single vaccinated and (c) not vaccinated.

Public Health England assessed that it would be in the public interest to publish data on COVID-19 deaths within 28 days of a positive test by vaccination status. This data is published in the weekly vaccine surveillance report, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccine-surveillance-report

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many non-clinical vacancies exist in the NHS with salary expectations in excess of £160,000 per annum as at 13 September 2021. .

The Department does not hold the information requested.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that public health services are physically accessible to disabled people, who may be more frequent users of such services.

All providers of goods and services, including National Health Service organisations and others that provide public health services, are required to make reasonable adjustments where physical barriers prevent access in existing buildings under the Equality Act 2010.

NHS England and NHS Improvement produce health building notices to provide best practice guidance on the design and planning of new healthcare buildings and on the adaptation or extension of existing facilities, including to improve accessibility, which are available at the following link:

https://www.england.nhs.uk/estates/health-building-notes/

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of including medical staff, who are doubly vaccinated, to the list of jobs that are exempt from managed quarantine following international travel.

In limited circumstances, quarantine exemption is made for arrivals to the United Kingdom. These circumstances are largely job-related and focus on occupations and services deemed essential to enable the country to continue to function effectively through the pandemic. For example, nurses coming from or travelling through red-list countries commencing immediate National Health Service employment in England may quarantine in hospital accommodation. The list of job–related exemptions is reviewed and updated on a regular basis, which includes an assessment of the needs of jobs in all sectors, such as medical staff.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many NHS Trusts are meeting the 85 per cent activity threshold for the Elective Recovery Fund.

The Elective Recovery Fund threshold for July 2021 was originally set at 85% but was subsequently updated to 95%. Delivery is assessed at integrated care system (ICS) level. While final payment data is not yet available for July, in June, 40 ICSs delivered activity above then threshold of 80%.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of waiving the fee for hotel quarantine for people arriving from Afghanistan (a) who worked for the UK's military and (b) as part of the Afghan Citizens' Resettlement Scheme.

There is a cross-Government effort to design a package for arrivals from Afghanistan, including the support that is needed to help these families relocate to the United Kingdom. The cost of managed quarantine is being considered in these discussions and we are actively looking to provide support where the need is greatest.

Maggie Throup
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)