Results 1–20 of 3929 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Philip Dunne

Pension Equality for Women: South Tyneside Hospital (14 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I congratulate the hon. Member for South Shields (Mrs Lewell-Buck) on securing this debate about the future of South Tyneside Hospital. I pay tribute to the emotion she showed in standing up for her constituents, but I have to say that I was disappointed by the tone she adopted, particularly at the start of her remarks. Frankly, her allegation of conspiracy—trying to paint the issue as...

Pension Equality for Women: South Tyneside Hospital (14 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I am coming on to explain precisely why there was an emergency shutdown of that facility because the hon. Lady’s characterisation does not quite represent what happened. I will go into that in some detail to try to reassure her and her constituents about the reasons behind this sudden—and, we hope, temporary—closure. On 30 November, as the hon. Lady pointed out, the...

Pension Equality for Women: South Tyneside Hospital (14 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I was referring to the special care baby unit. My understanding is that the staffing levels at the neonatal unit are as I have just described to the hon. Lady. If she has other information, I will happily go back to the trust tomorrow to ask whether it has managed to fill those slots. There is no intention of keeping the maternity unit for normal births suspended for any longer than is...

Pension Equality for Women: South Tyneside Hospital (14 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I am sure that that is the objective. It is also the objective of the trust to ensure that sustainable, high-quality services are available to the populations of the areas served by both hospitals. The South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust now faces a challenging task in ensuring that the two hospital trusts, through the path to excellence process, remove any unnecessary duplication and improve...

Healthcare Optimisation Plan: Kirklees (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: It is a pleasure, as always, to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I am conscious that there is the possibility of a vote coming rather earlier than we had anticipated; in which case, I will try to ensure I do not use up all the available time. I congratulate the hon. Member for Dewsbury (Paula Sherriff)—Dewsbury, Mirfield, Denby Dale and Kirkburton, but I will use Dewsbury...

Healthcare Optimisation Plan: Kirklees (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I do not accept that. It is important that we use all the tools at our disposal to encourage the public to lead healthy lives where possible. These measures form part of the suite of measures that are necessary to bring that about. The Government have backed the five year forward view. Opposition Members raised the issue of finances. We have committed to a real-terms increase in funding...

Healthcare Optimisation Plan: Kirklees (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: The hon. Lady made that point in her remarks, and I will try to address it. She can pick me up on that again.

Healthcare Optimisation Plan: Kirklees (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I will come on to that. We are talking primarily about what is happening in North Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield CCG areas, which have not yet implemented this policy. I will explain why I do not think that that should be the case. On the healthcare optimisation plan, I take the gentle chiding from the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Justin Madders) about the way in which the...

Healthcare Optimisation Plan: Kirklees (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I will come on to that. The short answer is that I agree that the relevant clinicians should make those decisions. Going back to where the CCGs are in this process, as I said earlier, they have not yet introduced the proposal. They have been working with the local population and with Healthwatch Kirklees, and have held a number of engagement events with local authorities and interested...

Healthcare Optimisation Plan: Kirklees (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: As the hon. Gentleman knows, CCGs are subject to appraisal and are accountable to NHS England, which is accountable to Ministers. It is not for Ministers to direct individual CCGs as to how they should enact their policies, but there is a route through which we can provide some encouragement to NHS England to ensure that these policies reflect its national position. That is what we will do....

Healthcare Optimisation Plan: Kirklees (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: The hon. Lady will recognise that there are different health challenges in different areas, reflecting patients’ differing needs. Encouraging the public to stop smoking and to reduce their weight is, as she acknowledged, an ambition that is shared by Members across the House and across clinical leads.

Healthcare Optimisation Plan: Kirklees (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I will not let the hon. Lady intervene again because, amazingly, I am about to run out of time, despite what I said at the beginning. I have taken a lot of interventions. I conclude by assuring hon. Members that we are paying close attention to what is happening in Kirklees and Greater Huddersfield, and York Central. Other areas of the country may be considering similar proposals, and we need...

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I would like to begin by paying tribute to Lord Kerslake, whom I have met in his role as chair of King’s, which he has served with great commitment for two years during a period of significant challenge. While we may differ on some matters of policy, this should not blind us to the service that he has given to the NHS. The context of Lord Kerslake’s departure from King’s is...

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: The right hon. and learned Lady said on the radio yesterday, “just because they’re the regulator, when these judgments have to be made, doesn’t mean that they are actually right”. I have to ask her about that, in the light of the comments made by NHSI, the regulator. I will give her a couple of quotes. Jim Mackey, who was until recently the chief executive of NHSI, has...

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I have visited the trust, and I have met the chairman and finance director. The brutal reality is that they were not addressing the problems as they should have done, and as is being done across the NHS.

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I am grateful to my hon. Friend, because I can confirm that the NHS is receiving record levels of funding, in advance of the plan that was agreed with the NHS chief executive for the five year forward view. That was front-loaded for the five years, so the NHS has received increases of funding for the first three of those five years over and above what was requested.

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I think the hon. Gentleman’s critique would have a shade more credibility if he acknowledged that, before the 2015 election, the then shadow Health Secretary indicated that he wanted £5.5 billion less for the NHS than my party was offering. If we had followed that prescription, the financial position of the NHS would be far worse. The hon. Gentleman asked about delayed transfers of...

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: My hon. Friend is quite right. There has to be a sense of responsibility and accountability for delivering on budget deficits—if they are deficits—that have been agreed between the regulator and the trust. That is happening up and down the country, and it would be unfair on other trusts and other areas of the country if one trust was allowed to get away with its performance unchecked.

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: I am afraid that the hon. Gentleman was not referring to the urgent question. We are talking about what has happened at King’s over the past few days, rather than what is happening in Scotland.

King’S College Hospital Foundation Trust (12 Dec 2017)

Philip Dunne: What is particularly disappointing about King’s is that it does have a cost improvement programme, but regrettably, it has not been able to keep to it. It is particularly surprising that, as recently as October, the senior leadership team indicated that they were on track to meet their deficit, which palpably, as we now realise, was not the case.


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