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Written Question
Home Care Services
14 Oct 2021

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the Government's policy is on the role of housing-with-care within the social care system.

Answered by Gillian Keegan

The Government’s plan for health and social care, announced on 7 September, recognised the important role of housing in providing care and support to people in the community. There is clear evidence that the right housing arrangements can deliver improved outcomes and meet people’s preferences to remain in their own home. We will invest in supported housing, including housing-with-care, as well as exploring other innovative housing solutions to support more people to live independently at home for longer, with personalised care and support. We will continue to work closely with the sector, including as part of the white paper on adult social care reform which will be published later this year.


Written Question
Infant Mortality: Multiple Births
30 Mar 2021

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that maternity units implement the recommendations in the MBRRACE Perinatal Confidential Enquiry into stillbirths and neonatal deaths in twin pregnancies.

Answered by Nadine Dorries

Through the Maternity Transformation Programme, a range of interventions are being implemented to support the delivery of maternity and neonatal care according to clinical guidelines, as recommended in the MBRRACE Perinatal Confidential Enquiry into stillbirths and neonatal deaths in twin pregnancies, and to improve perinatal outcomes.

Every National Health Service maternity service is actively implementing elements of the Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle which sets out specific care pathways that can affect twin/multiple pregnancies including prevention of fetal growth restriction and preterm birth. Multidisciplinary fetal medicine clinics are being established across England, which aim to ensure that high risk women have timely access to specialist advice and care at all stages of pregnancy.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Travel
5 Feb 2021

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the covid-19 lockdown restrictions announced in January 2021, what the maximum distance is that people are permitted to travel for exercise.

Answered by Nadine Dorries

There is no specific distance applicable to all circumstances. However, the advice is that to meet the legal requirement not to leave home to travel unless for work or other legally permitted reasons. To reduce the risk of transmission, people should stay local and avoid travelling outside of the village, town or the part of a city where they live and look to reduce the number of journeys made overall.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Car Washes
3 Dec 2020

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans the Government has to exempt car washes from future covid-19 restrictions.

Answered by Nadine Dorries

Car washes are not considered as an essential service. From 2 December, essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales, can remain open in all tiers. All businesses and venues that are open are expected to follow COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers.


Written Question
Multiple Births
20 Oct 2020

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 29 September 2020 to Question 92882 on Multiple Births, (a) how many twins were delivered after 38 weeks gestation and (b) what percentage of twins were delivered by caesarean section in each hospital trust between (i) April 2015 and March 2017 and (ii) April 2017 and March 2019.

Answered by Nadine Dorries

The information requested is in the attached table.


Written Question
Multiple Births
29 Sep 2020

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that NHS hospital trusts (a) collect and (b) publish accurate data on multiple births.

Answered by Nadine Dorries

Birth data, including information on multiple births is submitted to NHS Digital via the Hospital Episodes Statistics and Maternity Services Dataset data collections. As multiple births form only a small percentage of the total number of births, this information is not routinely released as part of monthly publications due to the small numbers involved at each provider, but is available on request.


Written Question
Sheltered Housing
2 Jul 2020

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what recent discussions he has had with representatives from the care sector on increasing the level of private sector investment in the housing with care sector.

Answered by Helen Whately

Housing-with-care has a vital role in enabling older people to live independently, with the necessary care and support available if required. In the context of an ageing population, we will continue to work with the sector to improve the diversity of housing options available to older people.


Written Question
Twins Trust: Maternity Services
2 Mar 2020

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Twins Trust Maternity Engagement Project in reducing (a) perinatal deaths and (b) neonatal admissions; and what steps he is taking to encourage trusts not currently involved in that project to make improvements in their care.

Answered by Nadine Dorries

The Department provided grant funding for the Twins Trust Maternity Engagement Project which provided evidence that implementing National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance on managing twin and multiple pregnancies can significantly reduce twin stillbirths, neonatal deaths and neonatal admissions. The two year evaluation demonstrated an 18% reduction in neonatal deaths, a 7% reduction in stillbirths, a 23% reduction in neonatal admissions, and a 6% reduction in emergency caesarean sections.

Based on the evidence generated through the Engagement Project, the Saving Babies’ Lives care bundle (version two) strongly encourages providers and commissioners to implement NICE guidance and stipulates best practice for multiple pregnancies.

The NHS Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, highlights our aim to roll out the Saving Babies Lives Care Bundle (version two) across every maternity unit in England in 2019.


Written Question
NHS Trusts: Managers
2 Mar 2020

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the contact details for each NHS Trust of the (a) CEO, (b) maternity board safety champion, (c) medical director and (d) head of midwifery.

Answered by Nadine Dorries

The Department does not collate contact details for the 130 National Health Service trusts and 44 Local Maternity Systems centrally.


Written Question
Maternity Services
2 Mar 2020

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish the contact details of each Local Maternity System chair.

Answered by Nadine Dorries

The Department does not collate contact details for the 130 National Health Service trusts and 44 Local Maternity Systems centrally.


Written Question
Cancer
17 Oct 2018

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will take steps to ensure that the NHS cancer dashboard offers disaggregated data on (a) liver, (b) brain, (c) oesophageal, (d) pancreatic and (e) stomach cancer.

Answered by Steve Brine

Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England developed the first iteration of the cancer dashboard in response to recommendations in the Independent Cancer Taskforce report ‘Achieving world-class cancer outcomes: a strategy for England 2015-2020’. This includes data on breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancers. Further cancer sites were not included because of the risk of making patients identifiable when viewing data for individual hospitals or clinical commissioning groups

PHE is working with NHS England’s Cancer Strategy Team on the next phase of the dashboard development. The types of cancer to be included on the cancer dashboard will be informed by the needs of key stakeholders including cancer charities.


Written Question
NHS: Digital Technology
15 Oct 2018

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how the risks of mobile applications are assessed by NHS Digital for inclusion in the NHS Apps Library.

Answered by Matt Hancock

Mobile applications are assessed initially via a clinical review within NHS England to establish whether the app fits with National Health Service values and can evidence benefit to the users of the app. Following this, apps are taken through a comprehensive assessment which takes into account relevant regulation, legislation, national standards and best practice to ensure that developers of apps understand their obligations and can evidence that their products conform with these.


Written Question
Mental Health Services: Drugs
2 May 2018

Questioner: Giles Watling (CON - Clacton)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to prevent illicit drugs being brought into secure mental health wards.

Answered by Jackie Doyle-Price

Operating safe, therapeutic and clinically effective services is the responsibility of service providers to manage in accordance with best practice. NHS England’s national service specifications for adult medium and low secure mental health services reinforce the importance of procedural, physical and relational security to address such matters. For high secure services, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care issues specific Directions to providers regarding the way they must manage their security arrangements. These arrangements cover illicit substances.