Department of Health and Social Care

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Secretary of State

Matt Hancock
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

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


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

17 Jan 2021, 9:20 p.m.
Face coverings protect others from the spread of infection. Unless exempt, you must wear a face covering in most public indoor spaces. Make sure to: ✅ fully cover your nose and mouth ❌ don't touch the front of it Read the guidance 👇🏾 - Link
17 Jan 2021, 8:30 p.m.
#COVID19 has disproportionately affected people from deprived communities, and Black and Asian ethnic minority backgrounds. Dr Mary Ramsay from @PHE_uk explains why it's important that the COVID-19 vaccination programme is as accessible as possible. ▶️ https://t.co/PKVgX1hLvB https://t.co/QWlMYXLp4q - 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
Jan. 12 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Dec. 08 Urgent Questions Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out
Jan. 11 Written Statements Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review
Dec. 16 Westminster Hall Walthamstow Toy Library Eviction: NHS Role
Jan. 14 Adjournment Debate Vitamin D: Covid-19
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Department of Health and Social Care - Bills and Acts in the Current Session


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.


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.


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.


Last Event - Report: 2nd sitting : House of Lords
Thursday 14th January 2021
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Next Event - 3rd reading: House of Lords
Thursday 21st January 2021

Department of Health and Social Care - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
13 Jan 2021
In Force
14 Jan 2021
Department of Health and Social Care National Health Service (Performers Lists, Coronavirus) (England) Amendment Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
These Regulations amend the National Health Service (Performers Lists) (England) Regulations 2013. Any GP offering primary care in an NHS setting is required to be registered on the medical performers list. Regulation 2 amends that requirement so that it does not apply to those who are administering a severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine and any primary medical service ancillary to the administration of such a vaccine.
Laid
5 Jan 2021
In Force
6 Jan 2021
Department of Health and Social Care Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 3) and (All Tiers) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made affirmative procedure
These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 to clarify the powers of a police community support officer, and amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 to strengthen the Tier 4 restrictions, and to apply those restrictions to every area in England. In addition, the expiry date for the Regulations is extended in each case.
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Petitions addressed by Department of Health and Social Care

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
334,355
c. 1,427 added daily
358,595
(Estimated)

Prevent any restrictions on those who refuse a Covid-19 vaccination

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 11 Sep 2020 Debated on - 14 Dec 2020
4 Feb 2021
closes in 2 weeks, 2 days

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.

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, 8 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, 11 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.

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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.


Department of Health and Social Care Publications


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
15 Jan 2021, 10:29 a.m. Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour - Life peer) Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour - Life peer)

Question to the Department of Health and Social Care:

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to implement the NHS Redress Act 2006.

Answered by Lord Bethell - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health and Social Care)

The Department is working intensively with the Ministry of Justice, other Government departments and NHS Resolution to address the costs of clinical negligence claims. We will publish a consultation on the next steps in 2021.

The Department has no plans to implement the NHS Redress Act 2006 and has not made a recent assessment of the effectiveness of the Act in resolving clinical negligence claims.

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