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)
Shadow Ministers
Shadow Secretaries
Martyn Day (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Public Health and Primary Care)
Jim Shannon (Democratic Unionist Party)
Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)
Munira Wilson (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)
Baroness Wheeler (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)
Neale Hanvey (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health Team Member)
Dr Philippa Whitford (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)
Baroness Thornton (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Health)
Jonathan Ashworth (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Baroness Jolly (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Health)
Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru)
Shadow PC Spokesperson (Health and Social Care)
Dr Lisa Cameron (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Mental Health)
Jonathan Ashworth (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Secretary of State for Health
Shadow Ministers
Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Mental Health)
Liz Kendall (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)
Justin Madders (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)
Alex Norris (Labour (Co-op))
Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

4 Aug 2020, 2 p.m.
Paul joined NHS Test and Trace to help contain the virus. If you test positive for coronavirus, one of our contact tracers will then help you identify your recent contacts. This helps save lives in your community. If you feel unwell, #GetTested: ➡️ https://t.co/xSoOI6zprL https://t.co/4baoakazW1 - Link
4 Aug 2020, 1 p.m.
Everyone can help contain the virus and get life back to normal. If you have symptoms - even if they are very mild - #GetTested immediately: ▶️ https://t.co/xSoOI6zprL The more people who do this, the greater our ability to contain outbreaks. This video explains more 👇🏼 https://t.co/UbRtwCJtAp - 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
Jun. 23 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 07 Urgent Questions Coronavirus
Mar. 18 Westminster Hall Supermarkets’ Role in Tackling Childhood Obesity
Jul. 13 Adjournment Debate Independent Pharmacies
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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 1st reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 24 June, 2020 2nd reading: House of Lords

2 Sep 2020

29 Jul 2020, 9:43 a.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
3 Aug 2020
In Force
3 Aug 2020
Department of Health and Social Care Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) (No. 2) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made affirmative procedure
Explanatory text not available
Laid
3 Aug 2020
In Force
1 Aug 2020
Department of Health and Social Care Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made affirmative procedure
These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) Regulations 2020 to remove the area of the Borough of Oadby and Wigston from the protected area.
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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, 2 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, 6 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.

177,658
c. 1,154 added daily
213,829
(Estimated)

Increase pay for NHS healthcare workers and recognise their work

Sign this petition Gov Responded - 4 May 2020 Debated on - 25 Jun 2020
5 Sep 2020
closes in 1 month

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.


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
4 Aug 2020, 1:12 p.m. Medicines and Medical Devices Bill Alex Norris

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps the Government is taking to work with (a) the life sciences industry and (b) experts in radioligand therapy in relation to the development of secondary legislation to enact the provisions of the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill.

Answer (Helen Whately)

The Department has held a number of engagement events with over 150 representatives from the life sciences industry on the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill and we will continue to work collaboratively with the sector when making secondary legislation. The powers in the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill are subject to a duty to consult and therefore before making any regulations, the Department will consult with those considered appropriate. This will include the life sciences industry and expert stakeholders if they were to be affected by the proposed change.

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