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Health: Organic Food — Question for Short Debate (24 July 2014)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: ...as there is some regulation, I cannot see the problem with it. My question for the noble Baroness is whether the department has a policy on clinical commissioning groups commissioning alternative medicine for NHS patients. That is a relevant point on which to respond to the noble Lord. As this is a Department of Health issue, the noble Baroness, Lady Jolly, may recall that when the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Dementia (24 July 2014)

Earl Howe: ...that patients receive the most appropriate care. The Government’s refreshed Mandate to Health Education England, published on 1 May 2014, builds on this by setting an ambition for a further 250,000 NHS staff to receive Tier 1 training on dementia by March 2015, with the tools and training opportunities being made available to all staff by the end of 2018. Over 100,000 social care...

Written Answers — House of Lords: General Practitioners (24 July 2014)

Earl Howe: NHS England have advised that they are working with clinical commissioning groups, Health and Wellbeing Boards and other local partners to ensure that joint strategic plans identify where premises developments are needed and how the capital and revenue for these premises developments will be met. Additionally, the Department has recently set out its ambitions for primary care in publishing...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (23 July 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Lord Faulks: ...content, noble Lords are seeking to address a potential lacuna in the existing reporting restrictions framework which was remarked upon by the High Court in the case of MXB v East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust. The court commented that information that would normally be prohibited from publication in a newspaper could be published and made available to the public via Facebook or Twitter. The...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Diabetes (23 July 2014)

Earl Howe: In January 2014, NHS England published the Action for Diabetes plan, which sets out how it intends to improve outcomes for people with, and at risk of, diabetes in England. The report acknowledges that type 2 diabetes is estimated to have cost the United Kingdom 8.8 billion in direct costs in 2010-2011 and that these costs are set to rise. The action that NHS England is taking and will...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sickle Cell Diseases (23 July 2014)

Earl Howe: The vast majority of sickle cell disease (SCD) affected children born in England are identified by the NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening programme, and other patients may present through migration or late diagnosis SCD is a lifelong condition, and NHS England provides high quality care for patients with SCD as part of its specialised commissioning responsibilities. NHS...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Transplant Surgery (23 July 2014)

Earl Howe: ...over 3 million since 2010 to over 20 million. A new seven year United Kingdom-wide organ donation and transplantation strategy Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020: A UK strategy, was published by NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) in July 2013. The strategy sets out proposed action to increase consent rates, optimise donation and increase transplants. NHSBT continues to raise the profile of...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: NHS: Modernisation (23 July 2014)

Earl Howe: ...for the programme (1.5 billion in today’s prices) rather than the 1.6 billion to 1.7 billion estimate reported in October 2012. I can today confirm today that I am expecting the costs of NHS Modernisation to be no higher than 1.5 billion. Up to 31 March 2013, costs of 1,096 million had been incurred across the health and care system on developing and...

Child Benefit Entitlement (Disqualification of Non-UK EU Nationals): Backbench Business — Summer Adjournment (22 July 2014) See 8 other results from this debate

Tom Brake: ...treatment, an issue that comes up frequently in the House. He is right to highlight that. It is a very significant health issue with the potential to drain a very high level of resource from the NHS. He talked about mental health. He is right that in the past it has perhaps been the Cinderella health service, but the Government have tried, through parity of esteem and additional funding,...

Wales Bill — Second Reading (22 July 2014)

Lord Wigley: ..., and hence the resources needed, and the democratic need for the Government’s performance to be judged by the electorate requires both financial transparency and resource flexibility. I shall give a concrete example. If the NHS in England were privatised, as some politicians on the right advocate, and if the Welsh Government, having full legislative responsibility for the NHS in...

Healthier Together Programme (Greater Manchester) — [Mrs Linda Riordan in the Chair] (22 July 2014) See 17 other results from this debate

Norman Lamb: ...out of my list earlier, in which she mentioned the lack of democratic legitimacy. The reforms have strengthened legitimacy. Until the reforms, there was no local democratic accountability for the NHS, but every area now has a health and wellbeing board. Interestingly, Lord Peter Smith, who I think is from the hon. Lady’s own community, said: “We accept the case for change made...

Learning Disabilities: Community-Based Support — Question (22 July 2014) See 6 other results from this debate

Earl Howe: My Lords, the Government’s mandate for NHS England in the current year includes an objective which covers Winterbourne View concordat commitments. He is right that the deadline was missed. We are not satisfied with that and we are working very hard with NHS England to set out our expectations for progress and improved rates of discharge from in-patient settings. NHS England is going to...

Health: Midwives — Question (22 July 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Earl Howe: My Lords, we attach great importance to choice in maternity care and, in particular, to each mother having a named midwife throughout the care pathway. That is what we are aiming at and what NHS England and Health Education England are charged with delivering. As regards the age profile of midwives, my advice is that there is not a particular age bulge, although we are keen to ensure that we...

Written Answers — Health: Alcoholic Drinks: Children (22 July 2014)

Jane Ellison: ...can influence young people’s attitude to alcohol, such as parental drinking. We are ensuring that guidance is available for parents through a range of public and community organisations including; NHS Choices, Directgov, Family Lives, and NetMum, Mumsnet, Dad Talk and Contact a Family. Following the Government’s review of Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education in...

Written Answers — Health: Ambulance Services (22 July 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Tom Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the process used to appoint Dr Anthony Marsh to the post of Chief Executive for (a) West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust and (b) East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust; if he will place in the Library copies of all correspondence between his Department and both ambulance trusts on these appointments; what level...

Written Answers — Health: Ambulance Services (22 July 2014)

Jane Ellison: The Minister of State (Norman Lamb) has met Dr Anthony Marsh on two occasions in the last three years to discuss the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST)— 11 June 2013 and 24 January 2014. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Earl Howe) has met Dr Marsh on the following occasions in the last three years: 12 September 2012 at a meeting of the Ministerial Steering...

Written Answers — Health: Anticoagulants (22 July 2014)

Luciana Berger: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) if he will estimate the amount that the NHS would have saved if the anti-coagulant drug Heparin were used instead of Bivalirudin during cardiac procedures in each year since 2010; (2) what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of the anti-coagulant drug Bivalirudin.

Written Answers — Health: Botulinum Toxin (22 July 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Jim Shannon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with medical authorities on the use of botox as a painkiller; and whether it is used as such in the NHS.

Written Answers — Health: Cerebral Palsy (22 July 2014)

Norman Lamb: ...palsy. National health service expenditure on cerebral palsy is included in the programme budgeting category ‘neurological problems’, but cannot be separately identified. Aggregate annual NHS expenditure in this category in 2012-13, the latest period for which data are available, was 4.44 billion. The programme budgeting data return are an analysis of commissioning...

Written Answers — Health: Diabetes (22 July 2014) See 1 other result from this answer

Virendra Sharma: ...on the number of patients with diabetes who are admitted to hospital each month as a result of a hypoglycaemic episode; and what estimate has been made of the overall cost of hypoglycaemia to the NHS.

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