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
Helen Whately (CON - Faversham and Mid Kent)
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Nadine Dorries (CON - Mid Bedfordshire)
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
Jo Churchill (CON - Bury St Edmunds)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Lord Bethell (CON - Excepted Hereditary)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Nadhim Zahawi (CON - Stratford-on-Avon)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
Scheduled Event
Tuesday 21st September 2021
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Health and Social Care Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
21 Sep 2021, 9 a.m.
Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic
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Scheduled Event
Wednesday 22nd September 2021
14:30
Health and Social Care Committee - Private Meeting - Select & Joint Committees
22 Sep 2021, 2:30 p.m.

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Scheduled Event
Tuesday 19th October 2021
11:30
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Oral questions - Main Chamber
19 Oct 2021, 11:30 a.m.
Health and Social Care (including Topical Questions)
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Friday 19th November 2021
09:30
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Private Members' Bills - Main Chamber
19 Nov 2021, 9:30 a.m.
Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Bill: Second Reading
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Debates
Thursday 16th September 2021
Health and Social Care
Ministerial Corrections
Select Committee Docs
Wednesday 15th September 2021
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Select Committee Inquiry
Tuesday 20th July 2021
Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic

The Committee has launched a new inquiry to quantify the level of pent-up demand for key healthcare services; and to …

Written Answers
Thursday 16th September 2021
Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2021 to …
Secondary Legislation
Monday 13th September 2021
Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) (Amendment) (No. 11) Regulations 2021
These Regulations amend Schedules 5 and 11 to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021 …
Bills
Tuesday 6th July 2021
Health and Care Bill 2021-22
A Bill to make provision about health and social care.
Dept. Publications
Friday 17th September 2021
18:05
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:
  • 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.

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Jul. 13
Oral Questions
Jun. 23
Urgent Questions
Sep. 15
Written Statements
Sep. 14
Westminster Hall
Sep. 10
Adjournment Debate
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Bills currently before Parliament

Department of Health and Social Care does not have Bills currently before Parliament


Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament


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.

Department of Health and Social Care - Secondary Legislation

These Regulations amend Schedules 5 and 11 to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/582).
These Regulations amend the elite sports exemption in paragraph 44 of Schedule 4 to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) (England) Regulations 2021 (S.I. 2021/582).
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Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

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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
Health and Social Care Committee: Upcoming Events
Health and Social Care Committee - Oral evidence
Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic
21 Sep 2021, 9 a.m.
At 9.30am: Oral evidence
Helen Lunt Davies, Expert by experience
Lere Fisher, Expert by experience
At 10.00am: Oral evidence
Dr Adrian James - President at The Royal College of Psychiatrists
Professor Martin Marshall CBE - Chair at Royal College of General Practitioners
Ondine Sherwood - Co-Founder at LongCovidSOS
Dr Melissa Heightman - Clinical lead, Post-COVID assessment service at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Health and Social Care Committee - Private Meeting
22 Sep 2021, 2:30 p.m.
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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

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.

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.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients were treated by private sector providers contracted by the NHS during the covid-19 outbreak in each month since March 2020, by hospital trust in England.

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.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much NHS England has spent on purchasing hospital capacity and health services from private sector providers during the covid-19 outbreak since March 2020.

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.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide a breakdown of the types of services and treatments provided by private sector providers to NHS patients during the covid-19 outbreak.

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.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many private hospital beds have been (a) booked by NHS providers, (b) used by NHS providers and (c) unused since the start of March 2020.

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.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what data his Department holds on (a) the number of children requiring mental health services in England and (b) waiting times for access to child mental health services.

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.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th 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 reforms to the NHS proposed within the Health and Care Bill 2021; and how much of that cost is attributed to (a) staff redundancies, (b) IT infrastructure for new organisations, (c) estates costs of closing bodies and setting up new organisations and (d) programme management.

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.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to (a) support the rollout of nuclear medicines across the NHS and (b) prevent regional variations in access to those medicines.

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.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the potential merits of commissioning a review into the use of electroconvulsive therapy.

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.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (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.

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.

Jo Churchill
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 hospital beds are available in NHS England; and what the level of occupancy is at 13 September 2021.

The latest general and acute bed data available is for Quarter 1 2021/22. This shows the average daily number of general and acute beds open overnight was 96,998 with an average occupancy rate of 85.4%.

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 assessment he has made of the potential merits of issuing all hospitals an energy efficiency assessment and score.

All hospital buildings with an internal usable space over 250 metres square are required to have a Display Energy Certificate that identifies the energy intensity of the building. This is accompanied by a recommendation report updated every seven years which outlines how the energy efficiency of the building can be improved.

The National Health Service collects annual energy usage data for its sites through ERIC Estates Returns Information Collection. This data is fed into an internal system which allows organisations to compare their performance. The NHS is working to release additional tools which will help with the evaluation of buildings and improvements to reach net zero carbon. These will be announced in due course.

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, if he will provide people on low incomes with financial assistance to pay for the removal of earwax build-up.

General practitioner (GP) practices offer National Health Service ear wax syringing services if they consider it clinically necessary or the patient will be referred to an appropriate local NHS service depending on the arrangements in place in the local area. The NHS would not charge eligible patients who need this treatment. GP practices are increasingly recommending self-care methods as the primary means to support the safe removal of ear wax. Local commissioners are responsible for meeting the health needs of their local population and should continue to ensure there is appropriate access to ear wax services.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many people are employed by the NHS in a non-clinical capacity with a salary in excess of £160,000 as at 13 September 2021.

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.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (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 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.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
18th Aug 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department plans to recognise further ways of individuals proving double covid-19 vaccination status other than by a NHS letter and the NHS app.

We plan to explore how third-party integrations can be facilitated to support COVID-19 status in other apps in the future, including secure identity management credentials which adheres to the emerging international standards.

In England, the NHS COVID Pass is currently available via the NHS App, NHS.UK and via letter.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he has made an assessment of the potential merits of approving covid-19 vaccines administered in Australia to allow people vaccinated in Australia to be recognised as fully vaccinated and not be required to isolate for 10 days upon arrival from an Amber list country.

We are taking a phased approach to restarting international travel from ‘amber’ countries and extending quarantine free entry to Australia and other countries as outlined in the Global Travel Taskforce report published in April.

We continue to work closely with medical and public health experts and with international partners ahead of following the next Global Travel Taskforce Review in October.

Jo Churchill
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 improve the provision of breast cancer screening in the Solihull Borough after the four-month closure of the Warwickshire Solihull and Coventry Breast Cancer Screening Service as a result of the covid-19 outbreak.

The Warwickshire Solihull and Coventry Breast Cancer Screening Service is working to screen all women who have missed an appointment by 31 March 2022, with NHS England and NHS Improvement monitoring progress.

The service has been able to gradually increase its capacity through the offer of open invitations rather than fixed time appointments and increasing the levels of permanent, third party and trainee staff, allowing the service to offer screening at additional times.

Jo Churchill
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 publish a breakdown of the cost of £2285 for Government-approved covid-19 quarantine hotels.

The notional costing from 12 August based on the charge of £2,285 is comprised of: room and board £1,217; security £651; testing £96; liaison £69; airport costs £92; welfare costs £51; transport £38; administration £49; and ‘other’ and contingency £22.

Jo Churchill
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 trends in the level of uptake of the HIV prevention drug, PrEP, among different population groups, including women and black African communities.

Public Health England (PHE) is analysing the data on uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for the prevention of HIV among different population groups, including women and black African communities. The GUMCAD STI Surveillance System collects data on PrEP eligibility, offer and use and prescriptions. GUMCAD data are submitted to PHE on a quarterly basis, which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gumcad-clinical-guidelines

PHE is currently reviewing and analysing data reported for January to March 2021.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what progress has been made on ensuring that PrEP can be accessed in other health settings beyond sexual health clinics.

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is now routinely available in the specialist sexual and reproductive health services throughout the country. The settings in which PrEP might be made available outside of sexual health services is being considered as part of the development of the new Sexual and Reproductive Health Strategy and the HIV Action Plan, which we plan to publish later this year.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to engage with (a) primary care networks and (b) other local practitioners on the effect of NHS reorganisation on the ability of those practitioners to deliver services.

NHS England and NHS Improvement engages regularly with Primary Care Networks (PCNs) through the NHS Confederation. NHS Confederation carried out an engagement exercise with clinical and care professionals in March 2021 which NHS England participated in and considered their feedback in the development of guidance of the role of primary care in integrated systems.

Jo Churchill
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 grants were awarded by Health Education England to enable existing and aspiring nurses to train as non-medical practitioners to support the prostate cancer workforce in each of the last five years.

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 10 September 2021 to Question 41820.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what estimate he has made of the size of the eligible population among severe asthma suffers for biologic treatments.

No estimate has been made and information on the number of severe asthma patients are receiving biologic therapies is not available in the format requested.

Clinicians are responsible for making prescribing decisions for their patients, taking into account the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s technology appraisals and guidance on management of asthma and the local commissioning decisions. Prescribing of biologics for severe asthma is co-ordinated through severe asthma centre multi-disciplinary teams to ensure current treatments are optimised and all appropriate treatments are considered with use of biologics as part of the treatment review for each patient.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many severe asthma patients are receiving biologic therapies through (a) the severe asthma networks and (b) other services.

No estimate has been made and information on the number of severe asthma patients are receiving biologic therapies is not available in the format requested.

Clinicians are responsible for making prescribing decisions for their patients, taking into account the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s technology appraisals and guidance on management of asthma and the local commissioning decisions. Prescribing of biologics for severe asthma is co-ordinated through severe asthma centre multi-disciplinary teams to ensure current treatments are optimised and all appropriate treatments are considered with use of biologics as part of the treatment review for each patient.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
7th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to reduce the geographical variation in the prescribing of biologics for severe asthma.

No estimate has been made and information on the number of severe asthma patients are receiving biologic therapies is not available in the format requested.

Clinicians are responsible for making prescribing decisions for their patients, taking into account the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s technology appraisals and guidance on management of asthma and the local commissioning decisions. Prescribing of biologics for severe asthma is co-ordinated through severe asthma centre multi-disciplinary teams to ensure current treatments are optimised and all appropriate treatments are considered with use of biologics as part of the treatment review for each patient.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what comparative assessment he has made of the level of NHS elective surgery (a) as at 13 September 2021 and (b) prior to the covid-19 outbreak.

While no formal comparative assessment has been made, surgery performance is monitored regularly.

Through the £2 billion Elective Recovery Fund, we are supporting the National Health Service to increase activity to pre-pandemic levels. We have also provided additional funding to deliver approximately 30% more elective activity by 2024-25, compared to pre-pandemic levels.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what information his Department holds on the number of local authorities that have published autism strategies.

The information requested is not held centrally.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many families with no recourse to public funds his Department is supporting through the Healthy Start scheme as a result of the extension of eligibility for that scheme announced on 30 June 2021.

Since 30 June 2021, the Department has sent out 228 application forms and associated documents to families, or their representatives, who may have no recourse to public funds based on the initial information shared. There are currently no families with no recourse to public funds in receipt of Healthy Start benefits.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
8th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 26 July 2021 to Question 34543 on Organs: Coronavirus, for what reason the Government is not collecting data on the short- and long-term effect of covid-19 on human organs; and whether the Government is monitoring the findings of scientific research into the impact of covid-19 on organs.

COVID-19 is a new disease and therefore it is not yet clear what the physical, neurological, psychological and rehabilitation needs will be for those experiencing the long-term effects of the virus.

The Government has invested £50 million in research to help build our understanding of ‘long’ COVID-19. One of the funded studies, Stimulate-ICP, will assess the use of magnetic resonance imaging scans to help diagnose potential organ damage in those recovering from COVID-19.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 September to Question 41823 on Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis, for what reason no formal assessment has been made of the effect of the covid-19 outbreak on the number of referrals for suspected prostate cancer; and if he will make a statement.

Data on prostate cancer is not available as a separate data set. It is published monthly as a subset of data on urological malignancies, which includes a number of different possible cancers.

The Department continues to work with the National Health Service to improve services. There are now 11 urology or prostate rapid diagnostic centre pathways either under development or operational to help recover these services.

Jo Churchill
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 ensure that there are an adequate number of radiologists in clinics and hospitals in the Solihull Borough available to scan women at risk of breast cancer.

Warwickshire Solihull and Coventry Breast Screening service has received funding from NHS England and NHS Improvement to increase its mammography, radiography and radiology staffing capacity. Further to this locally targeted action, regional partners including Health Education England and NHS England and NHS Improvement have undertaken a workforce review of breast screening to tackle current shortages of trained staff. This will support all breast screening services, including the Warwickshire Solihull and Coventry service to have sufficient and sustainable staffing into the future.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
13th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether people who have one dosage of a covid-19 vaccine as part of the Covishield programme administered by the UN are still required to quarantine when travelling to the UK from amber list countries.

Covishield is a two-dose vaccine and therefore we require people to have received both doses and completed the course before they are able to travel to the United Kingdom from an ‘amber list’ country without the need to quarantine.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the per patient cost is for a referral to Medefer.

The information requested is not held centrally.

Edward Argar
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
3rd Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued on the blood tube shortage to (a) GPs and (b) the NHS on how to prioritise patients' blood tests to ensure a parity in service across the country.

Guidance has been issued to the National Health Service on 10 August recommending actions for medical directors, nursing directors, general practitioners and pathology laboratories to optimise resources for pathology laboratory work. Further guidance was issued on 26 August advising of anticipated short-term shortages on certain product types and how to safely reduce demand of all tubes in order that clinically urgent testing can continue.

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, pursuant to the Answer of 1 July 2021 to Question 23249 on Ladders: Injuries, what data is collected on injuries presented at emergency departments and minor injury units; and how is any connection between that data and ladder accidents recorded.

The Emergency Care Data Set categorises the incident leading to injury, including the status and type of activity being undertaken as well as the cause of the injury. While a connection between the injury and ladder accidents can be established through these categories, there is no specific entry for ladders as a cause of injury.

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, if he will include in the National Dementia Strategy explicit recognition of the benefits of music-based interventions in the care of people living with dementia.

The Department has commissioned research on living well with dementia from the National Institute for Health Research, which includes the methods and effectiveness of music therapy. NHS England and NHS Improvement have published guidance for social prescribing link workers to expand music prescriptions, which is available at the following link:

https://musicfordementia.org.uk/advice-resources/toolkits-resources/toolkits-resources-for-social-workers-and-link-workers/

We will be setting out our strategy on dementia for England for future years in due course.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to include in the National Dementia Strategy recognition of the benefits of music-based interventions in the care of people living with dementia.

The Department has commissioned research on living well with dementia from the National Institute for Health Research, which includes the methods and effectiveness of music therapy. NHS England and NHS Improvement have published guidance for social prescribing link workers to expand music prescriptions, which is available at the following link:

https://musicfordementia.org.uk/advice-resources/toolkits-resources/toolkits-resources-for-social-workers-and-link-workers/

We will be setting out our strategy on dementia for England for future years in due course.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the benefit of music-based interventions in the care of people living with dementia.

The Department has commissioned research on living well with dementia from the National Institute for Health Research, which includes the methods and effectiveness of music therapy. NHS England and NHS Improvement have published guidance for social prescribing link workers to expand music prescriptions, which is available at the following link:

https://musicfordementia.org.uk/advice-resources/toolkits-resources/toolkits-resources-for-social-workers-and-link-workers/

We will be setting out our strategy on dementia for England for future years in due course.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effect of music-based interventions on people living with dementia; and if he will make a statement.

The Department has commissioned research on living well with dementia from the National Institute for Health Research, which includes the methods and effectiveness of music therapy. NHS England and NHS Improvement have published guidance for social prescribing link workers to expand music prescriptions, which is available at the following link:

https://musicfordementia.org.uk/advice-resources/toolkits-resources/toolkits-resources-for-social-workers-and-link-workers/

We will be setting out our strategy on dementia for England for future years in due course.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on increasing carer's allowance in respect of forthcoming proposals for social care.

Ministers have regular discussions with their counterparts in the Department for Work and Pensions on a range of issues.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the two-monthly report on the status of the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 published on 21 July 2021, what recent assessment he has made of the merits and demerits of maintaining powers under (a) section 52 and (b) Schedule 22 of that Act.

The Government intends to expire section 52 and Schedule 22 of the Coronavirus Act 2020 as it pertains to England.

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has for new training initiatives to support recruitment and retention of social care staff.

We will invest at least £500 million in new measures over three years to provide support in professionalising and developing the workforce, including hundreds of thousands of training places, certifications for our care workers and professional development for the regulated workforce.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will set a minimum wage for care workers.

We have no current plans to do so.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
10th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the length of the covid-19 outbreak on plans to reduce the NHS backlog.

No formal assessment has been made. We continue to engage with NHS England and NHS Improvement to build capacity and to reduce the backlog, with a further £1 billion announced to tackle waiting lists.

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, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2021 to Question 37413, on Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments, what timeline NHS England and NHS Improvement have set for the consideration of the commissioning of percutaneous mitral valve leaflet repair for functional mitral regurgitation.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have not yet confirmed the date for commissioning the nine centres. Where services currently have insufficient clinical expertise to prepare for the commencement of those services, local cardiac networks will consider establishing a preceptorship programme with an established centre


There is currently no timeline for the commencement of formal provider selection. Each NHS England and NHS Improvement regional team has been asked to take responsibility for selecting a formal provider, supported by national clinical advisors. The selection process is expected to take at least three months, with each region working to their own prioritised timetable, taking into account local circumstances.

A proposal has been submitted to NHS England and NHS Improvement in relation to functional mitral regurgitation and is receiving consideration. It is anticipated that such a policy review could take at least 12 months for completion, taking into account clinical evidence and engagement with appropriate stakeholders

Jo Churchill
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 6 September 2021 to Question 37409, on Heart Diseases: Medical Treatments, what timeline NHS England and NHS Improvement have set for the commencement of formal provider selection.

NHS England and NHS Improvement have not yet confirmed the date for commissioning the nine centres. Where services currently have insufficient clinical expertise to prepare for the commencement of those services, local cardiac networks will consider establishing a preceptorship programme with an established centre


There is currently no timeline for the commencement of formal provider selection. Each NHS England and NHS Improvement regional team has been asked to take responsibility for selecting a formal provider, supported by national clinical advisors. The selection process is expected to take at least three months, with each region working to their own prioritised timetable, taking into account local circumstances.

A proposal has been submitted to NHS England and NHS Improvement in relation to functional mitral regurgitation and is receiving consideration. It is anticipated that such a policy review could take at least 12 months for completion, taking into account clinical evidence and engagement with appropriate stakeholders

Jo Churchill
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 reduce the number of influenza-like illness outbreaks in care homes.

Many of the measures we have implemented to tackle COVID-19 will also be effective against flu, such as hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, social distancing, environmental cleaning and use of personal protective equipment.

Public Health England’s local health protection teams investigate notifications of suspected influenza/respiratory virus outbreaks in care homes and alongside making recommendations on infection prevention and control measures, can recommend that local services consider prescribing antivirals to prevent and treat flu where needed.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
9th Sep 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the publications entitled, ‘Building Back Better: Our Plan for Health and Social Care, Command Paper 506, what comparative assessment he has made of how the (a) cap on care costs, and (b) increase in asset thresholds for those who pay for social care will differ between pensioners and working age adults.

The cap on care costs and increase in the capital limits will benefit all those who access adult social care, as the reform changes will be universal. We will be publishing an equalities impact assessment in due course.

Helen Whately
Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)