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Written Question
NHS: Protective Clothing
26 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what was the cost of personal protective equipment purchased by the NHS in 2021; and how much and what proportion of that equipment was manufactured in the UK.

Answered by Edward Argar

The vast majority of personal protective equipment was supplied under contracts agreed in 2020, with deliveries into 2021 and 2022. Payments authorised in 2021 show a total of 1.36 billion items at a purchase price of £795 million. Of those, 846 million items or 62% were supplied by United Kingdom manufacturers at a purchase price of £704 million.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Protective Clothing
11 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the oral contribution of the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on 11 November 2020, Official Report, column 1022, regarding the production of PPE in the UK, what was the percentage of PPE produced in the UK in the most recent month for which figures are available.

Answered by Edward Argar

This information is not available in the format requested. However, of 36.4 billion items ordered by 6 December 2021, 3.9 billion were ordered from United Kingdom manufacturers.


Written Question
Medical Equipment and Protective Clothing: Imports
11 Jan 2022

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to prevent imports of medical goods and personal protective equipment produced by forced labour.

Answered by Edward Argar

The Department published its Modern Slavery statement in October 2021 which is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-of-health-and-social-care/about/modern-slavery-statement

Contracts are normally placed in line with Departmental terms and conditions which include clauses requiring Good Industry Practice to ensure that there is no slavery or human trafficking in supply chains. Suppliers appointed to NHS Supply Chain framework contracts, which provide the majority of medical goods and services to the National Health Service, must comply with the Labour Standards Assurance System or they can be removed from consideration for future procurement.

The Department was aware that the direct, urgent sourcing and purchasing of personal protective equipment in 2020 involved higher risks in ethical and business practices and had a number of mitigations in place. The Department of Health and Social Care engaged with NHS Supply Chain, the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office regarding modern slavery concerns in awarding contracts. Additional training and guidance was distributed to strengthen buying professionals’ knowledge of modern slavery risks specific to the pandemic.


Written Question
Members: Correspondence
11 Aug 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Warley dated 13 May 2021 on Mr Ahmed and test and trace.

Answered by Edward Argar

We replied to the hon. Member on 9 August 2021.


Written Question
Travel: Quarantine
21 Jul 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure adequate standards of (a) food, (b) cleanliness and (c) safety in covid-19 quarantine hotels.

Answered by Jo Churchill

Hotels providing managed quarantine facilities can meet the vast majority of dietary requirements and must provide guests with three meals a day. Enhanced cleaning regimes take place throughout the hotel and guests are provided with their own cleaning equipment for their rooms. The Department has ensured that vulnerable people in quarantine hotels are signposted to the appropriate support and safeguarding procedures are followed where appropriate. All hotels have a security presence and access to an onsite medic 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Department engages with hotels and service providers on a regular basis to monitor the quality and effectiveness of the services provided.


Written Question
NHS: Protective Clothing
8 Jul 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the value is of personal protective equipment purchased by the NHS in 2021 to date; and how much of that equipment was manufactured in the UK.

Answered by Jo Churchill

In financial year 2021/22, the total spend on personal protective equipment (PPE) to date is £330.5million. Of this, spend on PPE manufactured in the United Kingdom totals £96.2M.

The Department created the dedicated UK Make programme to increase domestic production. UK Make contracted with manufacturers in the UK able to mobilise and produce PPE for the frontline. However, not all UK-based manufacturers which provided PPE to healthcare settings were part of this programme.

The PPE programme raised contracts with 31 UK manufacturers and those contracts were all contracted by July 2020. We continue to receive goods purchased under those contracts and by 1 December 2020 inbound supply of UK manufactured PPE was sufficient to meet 82% of demand for PPE over the peak pandemic period of December to February, across all items except gloves.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Protective Clothing
29 Apr 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what value of personal protective equipment the NHS has purchased in 2021 to date; and how much of that equipment was manufactured in the UK.

Answered by Jo Churchill

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before prorogation.


Written Question
Coronavirus: Vaccination
7 Apr 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, for what reason a volunteer covid-19 vaccinator is required to have two A-levels.

Answered by Nadhim Zahawi

There is no specific requirement for a volunteer COVID-19 vaccinator to have two A-levels. Prospective volunteer COVID-19 vaccinators will have a competency assessment to ensure they can safely administer vaccines to patients under the clinical supervision of an experienced health care professional, and they will undergo relevant clinical training and supervision, put together by NHS England and NHS Improvement and Public Health England.


Written Question
Syringes
29 Mar 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2021 to Question 166312 on Syringes, what proportion of the syringes procured were produced in the UK.

Answered by Nadhim Zahawi

None of the combined needles and syringes associated with COVID-19 vaccine administration procured by Public Health England were produced in the United Kingdom.


Written Question
Department of Health and Social Care: Written Questions
25 Mar 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, when he plans to answer named day Question 154739 tabled on 15 February 2021 by the hon. Member for Warley.

Answered by Edward Argar

We take parliamentary scrutiny incredibly seriously and it is fundamentally important that hon. Members are provided with accurate and timely information to enable them to hold the Government to account. We are working rapidly to provide all Members with accurate answers to their questions, as well as supporting the Government’s response to the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The hon. Member’s question will be answered as soon as possible.


Written Question
Syringes
18 Mar 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that there are (a) adequate and (b) secure supplies of syringes to the NHS.

Answered by Nadhim Zahawi

The number of needles and syringes procured by Public Health England (PHE) for use with COVID-19 vaccine was consistent with administering two doses of vaccine to the United Kingdom population with an allowance for wastage. Subsequently there has been a further increase with additional vaccine availability. PHE is now procuring additional 250 million syringes associated with possible future COVID-19 vaccine candidates.


Written Question
Electronic Cigarettes: Public Places
16 Mar 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans he has to issue guidance on vaping in public places.

Answered by Jo Churchill

There are no current plans to issue further guidance on vaping in public places.


Written Question
Social Services
10 Mar 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what restrictions he will put on support to the care sector to ensure it does not benefit (a) companies located in tax havens and (b) people who have loaded companies with excessive debt or extracted excessive dividends.

Answered by Helen Whately

Funding provided for adult social care to support the pandemic response has conditions attached to ensure they are used for their intended purpose, including reporting on use. If the Department finds evidence of grants being misused, we will recover the funding in accordance with those conditions.


Written Question
General Practitioners: Foreign Companies
9 Mar 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his Department's policy is on the takeover of General Practice surgeries by overseas companies.

Answered by Jo Churchill

General practitioner practices in England are commissioned by clinical commissioning groups, through delegated responsibility from NHS England and NHS Improvement to provide primary medical services under either a General Medical Services contract, a Personal Medical Services agreement or an Alternative Provider Medical Services contract. Legislation sets out which individuals and companies are eligible to hold these contracts.

Eligibility varies slightly between contract type but there is no distinction in the eligibility criteria between companies registered in the United Kingdom and those registered overseas.


Written Question
Operose Health: Centene
9 Mar 2021

Questioner: John Spellar (LAB - Warley)

Question

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department was consulted before the takeover of Operose by Centene corporation.

Answered by Jo Churchill

The ownership of organisations independent of the National Health Service is not a matter for the Department.