Department of Health and Social Care

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Ministers of State
Helen Whately MP - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Ms Nadine Dorries MP - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Edward Argar MP - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Jo Churchill MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Lord Bethell - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

26 Oct 2020, 7 p.m.
The @NHSCOVID19app has been built to be private by design. 📲 Head of Product for the NHS COVID-19 app Randeep Sidhu explains how the app only records the data needed to track #coronavirus. Watch 👇 https://t.co/lkZEPeSIBE - Link
26 Oct 2020, 6:15 p.m.
#Covid19 affects us all. No one is free from risk. Although most people recover without treatment, some people can experience 'Long Covid' for weeks or even months. If you are suffering from long-term symptoms, speak to your GP or visit: https://t.co/svcrAKwf62 #HandsFaceSpace https://t.co/EA7XeDDuvC - Link
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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:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

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.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Oct. 06 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Sep. 15 Urgent Questions Coronavirus
Oct. 08 Westminster Hall Mental Health Support: Frontline Staff
Oct. 22 Adjournment Debate Down Syndrome Awareness Month
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Department of Health and Social Care - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
NHS Funding Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 16 March, 2020 17 Mar 2020, 9:32 a.m.
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.
Coronavirus Act 2020 Royal Assent (Minutes of Proceedings) 25 March, 2020 26 Mar 2020, 11:03 a.m.
A Bill to make provision in connection with coronavirus; and for connected purposes.
Medicines and Medical Devices Bill 2019-21 Committee: 1st sitting (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 19 October, 2020 Committee stage: House of Lords

26 Oct 2020

23 Oct 2020, 7:38 p.m.
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.

Department of Health and Social Care - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
22 Oct 2020
In Force
27 Oct 2020
Department of Health and Social Care National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) (No.3) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend regulation 10 of the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 2015 (S.I. 2015/238) (“the Principle Regulations”). The Principle Regulations provide for the making and recovery of charges for certain services under the National Health Service Act 2006 to certain persons not ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom.
Laid
22 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Department of Health and Social Care Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium, High and Very High) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made affirmative procedure
These Regulations subject a number of areas to the restrictions set out in the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Very High) (England) Regulations 2020 (the “Very High Regulations”), and make corresponding amendments to remove those areas from the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (High) (England) Regulations 2020 (the “High” Regulations”), subject a number of areas to the restrictions set out in the High Regulations and impose closures on additional businesses in the areas concerned. They also make minor amendments to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Local COVID-19 Alert Level) (Medium) (England) Regulations 2020, the High Regulations and the Very High Regulations.
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Petitions addressed by Department of Health and Social Care

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
238,769
Petition Closed

Stop the privatisation of NHS services

Gov Responded - 20 Feb 2018 Debated on - 23 Apr 2018
17 May 2018
closed 2 years, 5 months ago

We call for a ban on the outsourcing (privatisation) of NHS services, and stop the renewal of any outsourcing contracts already signed. Companies should not be profiteering from NHS contracts, when every pound of NHS budgets is desperately needed for more doctors and nurses, and to pay them more.

205,359
Petition Closed

Lower the age for smear tests from 25 to 18 to prevent cervical cancer.

Gov Responded - 13 Sep 2018 Debated on - 28 Jan 2019
3 Feb 2019
closed 1 year, 8 months ago

Hi I'm Natasha, I am making this petition because I want to make a difference to all woman living in the UK.

I am 30 years old and I have metastatic cervical cancer. I believe that the age of screening should be lowered to age 18 to enable all woman to detect cell changes and prevent cancer.

178,820
Petition Closed

Increase pay for NHS healthcare workers and recognise their work

Gov Responded - 4 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020
5 Sep 2020
closed 1 month, 3 weeks ago

I would like the government to review and increase the pay for healthcare workers to recognise the work that they do.

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Department of Health and Social Care Select Committee

Department of Health and Social Care Select Committee Home Page

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, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.


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Department of Health and Social Care Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
26 Oct 2020, 9:54 a.m. Emma Hardy MP (Labour - Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle) Emma Hardy MP (Labour - Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to improve accountability within NHS organisations with regards to care for patients with venous leg ulcers; and if he will make a statement.

Answered by Edward Argar - Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

The National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP) has been commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement to improve the prevention and care of pressure ulcers, lower limb ulcers (including venous leg ulcers) and surgical wounds in England.

The NWCSP’s mission is to implement a consistently high standard of wound care across England by reducing unnecessary variation, improving safety and optimising patient experience and outcomes.

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