Kevin Barron: I shall not detain the House long, because all the relevant arguments and background material are set out in the Committee on Standards’ report and in the memorandum from the independent Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards that accompanied it. The investigation started under Kathryn Hudson, as the Leader of the House said, and both commissioners did a meticulous job of...
Kevin Barron: I speak as an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and as a vice-chair of the all-party parliamentary group on smoking and health, to which, as everybody knows, the secretariat is Action on Smoking and Health, which I have been involved in for over two and a half decades now. Smoking continues to be one of the most pressing health issues in my constituency, despite decades of...
Kevin Barron: When the Health Committee looked at the issue of smoking in public places and took evidence from different institutions, the Prison Service felt at the time that it would be impossible for it ever to get to a situation in which it was smoke free. We should all look back and thank it for what it has done, which it told us years ago was impossible.
Kevin Barron: I beg to move amendment (a), in paragraph (4), leave out from “Report;” to the end. I wish to begin by paying tribute to the work of the Leader of the House and her colleagues on the steering group. The Select Committee on Standards has worked very closely with the steering group on the various work-streams over the past few months. There is one issue over which we disagree, and I...
Kevin Barron: No, there is not, and I will go on to that. What the amendment does to paragraph 4 comes after the issue to which the hon. Lady just alluded. We are not going to stop anything. As I have said, confidentiality is crucial to the policy’s success.
Kevin Barron: I will say—this is an aside—that I have been in this House for 35 years, and I have seen many allegations made against Members of Parliament for all sorts of reasons. Quite a lot of them come from the press, the television or stings in the media, and the idea that we have anything to shy away from in these decisions is not true. We agree that sexual harassment and bullying cases...
Kevin Barron: Would the hon. Gentleman be happy as a Member of this House if somebody went to the local press and said that he had been accused of breaching the code of conduct—not the new code of conduct, but the current one—and there was nobody to deny that an investigation was taking place, so he just had to accept the accusation?
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to his Department’s single departmental plan, for what reason the intention to work with Public Health England to deliver the new Tobacco Control Plan under Objective 1.1 was removed in the update of 23 May 2018.
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of dispensing points will have a Falsified Medicines Directive compliant IT system in place by February 2019.
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what penalties will be levied on (a) hospitals, (b) dispensing doctors and (c) community pharmacies if IT systems are found to be not compliant with the Falsified Medicines Directive by February 2019.
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the full cost of implementing the Falsified Medicines Directive is in hospitals, dispensing doctor practices and community pharmacies.
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the UK takes a global leadership role in tackling antimicrobial resistance.
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking with the Treasury to implement value-based healthcare into plans for health and social care services.
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether it is his Department’s policy that commissioners can consider the full (a) economic, (b) social and (c) population health value of a health service intervention and not only its acquisition cost when making a commissioning decision; and what guidance his Department has issued to support such decision making.
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to support greater collaboration between GP surgeries and community pharmacies to ensure the optimal usage of medicines at primary care level.
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential contribution of community pharmacies to building long term value in the health and social care system at the (a) local and (b) primary care level.
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 April 2018 to Question 136485, what recent assessment he has made of the level of uptake and adoption of technology for reducing inadvertent dispensing errors in (a) pharmacies and (b) acute settings.
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 23 January 2018 to Question 123567, if he will encourage the owners of pharmacies not meeting the standards set by the General Pharmaceutical Council to adopt technology for reducing inadvertent dispensing errors as part of their action plans to improve the services they provide and safeguard the health,...
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the publication of an updated five year antimicrobial resistance strategy.
Kevin Barron: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure the availability of (a) effective and (b) up to day diagnostic equipment with 24-hour remote communication facilities in the reorganisation of microbiology laboratory services in the NHS.