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Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health: General Practice Indemnity: Development of a state backed scheme (12 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: I am today updating the House on recent developments regarding indemnity arrangements for NHS general practice in England. The Government is committed to ensuring that general practice is an attractive long-term career option that gives stimulus and stability to our brightest medical graduates. Therefore, today I have announced that the Department of Health is planning, subject to examination...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: Today is World Mental Health Day and the whole House will want to congratulate Time2Change on its 10th anniversary and the remarkable change in attitudes towards mental illness that it has helped to bring about. Our mental health workforce has increased by 30,000 since 2010 and another 21,000 posts are planned.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: Our plans envisage treating another 70,000 children every year by 2020-21, but that is still not enough. It will take us from one in four children needing help to one in three. That is why we are publishing a Green Paper on child and adolescent mental health.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: I would like to thank the hon. Gentleman for speaking out about mental health, like so many colleagues in this House, which makes a massive difference to the Time2Change campaign. It is unacceptable for someone to be waiting that long, and I do not want to stand here and defend it. I will certainly look into the individual case that the hon. Gentleman raises, but the fact is that many Members...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I am aware of the report that she talks about. We know that half of mental health conditions become established before the age of 14, which is why early intervention is so important. In July, I announced an expansion in the mental health workforce—another 21,000 posts. A number of those will be in children’s mental health, to address the issues...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: The hon. Gentleman raises a very serious issue. I will not go into it in detail now, but I will certainly look into it closely and get back to him, if I may. Obviously it is very important.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: My hon. Friend is right to draw attention to the issues around Southern Health, which will have directly affected a number of her constituents. That organisation is being turned around. However, she is also right to say that too many people are travelling out of area for their treatment. We have record numbers of children’s beds commissioned, but in the end this is about the capacity of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: Let me tell the hon. Lady what has happened in mental health. Some 30,000 more people are working in mental health today than when her Government left office—a 5.8% increase in clinical staff.[Official Report, 16 October 2017, Vol. 629, c. 4MC.] On top of that —she asked about money—we have committed an extra £1 billion a year by 2021 so that we can employ even more...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Children who come from troubled or chaotic family backgrounds are far more likely to have mental health issues. I am more than happy to meet her and to feed her thoughts into our mental health Green Paper.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: Developing new routes into nursing is a priority for my Department, which was why last week I announced plans to train 12,500 new nursing associates through the apprentice route in the next two years and to increase the number of nurses we train by 25%—the biggest increase in the history of the NHS.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: My hon. Friend is absolutely right to raise this issue. The Alex is going through a difficult period and I know that as the local MP she is giving it a lot of support. The fact is that in 2014 we turned down 37,000 applicants to nurse degree courses. That is why we think that we need to do much, much better in training a number of people who would make brilliant nurses. That was why we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: Let us be clear: we took the difficult decision on nurse bursaries precisely so that we could have the biggest expansion in nurse training places we have ever had. When we had the higher education reforms in 2011, which the right hon. Gentleman’s party opposed, we also saw a drop in initial applications, but then we saw them soaring to record levels. That is what we want to happen with...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: I will certainly look into that. Of course, my hon. Friend understands this issue better than many in this House. The really exciting change is that it will now be possible for healthcare assistants who could make fantastic nurses to progress to being nurses without needing to take out student loans because they will be able to carry on earning while they learn. That will open up big...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: The hon. Gentleman is right to bring that up. One thing we can do a lot better is to improve the opportunities for flexible working. We have announced that we will be making new flexible working arrangements available to all NHS staff during this Parliament. We are also expanding programmes to encourage people who may have left the profession to come back into nursing.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: Next year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: Let me just remind the hon. Lady that there are 11,300 more nurses on our wards than there were just four years ago, so we are increasing the number of nurses in the NHS. She mentions what is happening in Scotland. I gently remind her that nearly double the proportion of patients are waiting too long for their operations in Scotland as in England.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Nursing (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: I support all universities that are trying to move into offering more courses that can help me to ensure that we have enough staff for the NHS. I am sure that the University of Gloucestershire’s bid will be powerful, but I am aware that other hon. Members are supporting bids from their own constituency—including, I have to say, that of the University of Surrey, which puts me in a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Public Sector Pay Cap: NHS Staffing Levels (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: NHS staff do a fantastic job in tough circumstances, and pay restraint has been challenging for many of them. However, given the financial pressures, it is also true that the NHS would not have been able to recruit an additional 30,000 staff since May 2010 without the cap.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Public Sector Pay Cap: NHS Staffing Levels (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: As I said in my previous answer, without pay restraint we would not have 11,300 more doctors in the NHS and 11,300 more nurses on our wards. The hon. Gentleman will know that we recognise that it was not sustainable to carry on with the 1% rise going forward, which is why we have been given the leeway to have more flexible negotiations next year.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Public Sector Pay Cap: NHS Staffing Levels (10 Oct 2017)

Jeremy Hunt: I welcome what I think is my first question from the hon. Lady, and I can give her some good news: the pay cap has been scrapped.


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