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Public Bill Committee: Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Regulations and directions (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman will have heard that the treaty arrangements will be subject to parliamentary scrutiny in the normal way. We are discussing the regulations as to how we enact those treaties. I was hoping that he might be reassured by that.

Public Bill Committee: Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Regulations and directions (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: Having failed to reassure the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston, I will have another attempt in this stand part debate. Clause 5 supplements the substantive regulation-making powers in clause 2. It provides detail on the parliamentary procedure, as we have already discussed, that will apply to regulations made under the Bill. Subsections (1) and (2) introduce standard provisions, and...

Public Bill Committee: Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Extent, commencement and short title (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I wish to introduce this short clause, which I suspect will be somewhat less contentious than the previous one. Subsection (1) provides that the Bill extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Subsection (2) provides that the Bill will come into force on Royal Assent, which reflects the need to respond to the range of possible EU exit scenarios in a timely manner. Subsection...

Public Bill Committee: Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Data processing (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I will try to limit my comments, given that we have already had discussions on the amendment. I am sure that will be welcome on this cold November day in a rather warm room. Clause 4 provides a clear legal basis for processing personal data under the Bill for the purposes of UK data protection legislation. At present, the EU regulations provide a lawful basis for processing data for the...

Public Bill Committee: Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Regulations and directions (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman raises some important issues, including the issue at the heart of the clause—the appropriate, necessary and correct scrutiny arrangements for Parliament. Let me be clear at the start: the Government absolutely recognise the importance of appropriate levels of scrutiny of the Bill and its subsequent secondary legislation. It is clearly the hallmark of any effective...

Public Bill Committee: Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Data processing (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I thank the hon. Member for Burnley for moving this amendment, because it gives me the opportunity to set out clearly and in some depth why we have chosen to include clause 4(6)(d) in the Bill. I want to lay out the reasoning for our concerns about this amendment. I hope that I will be able to reassure her of the vital importance of paragraph (d), and that it is necessary and appropriate,...

Public Bill Committee: Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Data processing (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: We will carefully consider what the hon. Lady has said and her request for further details on Report. I have listened and have offered that briefing, and I hope that is sufficient for her to decide not to press the amendment to a Division now.

Public Bill Committee: Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Healthcare and healthcare agreements (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman is right to say that these powers are flexible. Part of the reason for that is that there may well be a need to anticipate the sort of bilateral arrangements that we put in place in the future—notwithstanding our hopes that we will secure a continuation of the current reciprocal healthcare arrangements, which is our ambition. When we come to debate not only the hon....

Public Bill Committee: Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Meaning of “healthcare” and “healthcare agreement” (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: Mr Speaker—sorry, Mr Stringer: although who knows what may happen later next year?

Public Bill Committee: Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Meaning of “healthcare” and “healthcare agreement” (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: One that I am sure would be welcomed by Members on both sides of the Committee. Clause 3 is very simple and sets out the definition of “healthcare” and “healthcare agreement” used within the Bill. The definition of healthcare is modelled on the definition provided in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which we have adapted to include the additional element of ancillary care. That is...

Public Bill Committee: Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Power to make healthcare payments (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Stringer. This is a short, sensible Bill to ensure that we are prepared, whatever the outcome of leaving the European Union. The Bill confers powers on the Secretary of State to make and to arrange for payments to be made in respect of the cost of healthcare provided outside the United Kingdom. It will allow for the funding of reciprocal...

Public Bill Committee: Healthcare (International Arrangements) Bill: Healthcare and healthcare agreements (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: This clause goes to the heart of the purpose of the Bill. It will ensure that the Government have the discretionary powers they need to respond flexibly to all possible outcomes of EU exit; to make regulations in relation to making or arranging payments in respect of healthcare provided abroad; to make regulations to support the provision of healthcare outside the United Kingdom; and to make...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Maternity Services: Fees and Charges (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The Department has recently reviewed the impact of changes introduced by the Amendment Regulations with a particular focus on the extent to which there are any unintended consequences for the most vulnerable. The outcomes of this review will be published in due course. The Department does not collect data on the number of women who do not access maternity care because of concerns about...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Finance (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The Government is committed to ensuring leaving the European Union is a success for the health and social care sector as well as the United Kingdom as a whole. The Department continually assesses the implications of the UK leaving the EU, to help ensure the best outcome for the health and care sectors. This includes understanding the financial implications of the UK exiting the EU for the...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Early Retirement and Sick Leave (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: NHS Digital publishes Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) workforce statistics for England. These include staff working in hospital trusts and clinical commissioning groups, but not staff working in primary care or in general practitioner surgeries, local authorities or other providers. The following table shows the number people who have stated that they have taken voluntary...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Accident and Emergency Departments (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: In September 2017, 86 out of 172 National Health Service trusts met the objective to treat, admit or discharge 90% of patients within four hours, while one NHS trust did not submit data for this period. The available data are not broken down by clinical commissioning group. In August 2017, 98 out of 173 NHS trusts treated, admitted or transferred over 90% of patients within four hours....

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Accident and Emergency Departments (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: Information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available confirms that there were 41 out of 138 acute National Health Service trusts with a type 1 accident and emergency (A&E) which had front-door clinical streaming in place in July 2017. In October 2017 this number had increased to 125 out of 137 acute NHS trusts with a type 1 A&E.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Hospitals (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The data requested is not collected centrally.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS Property and Estates Review (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The Government has considered its position on the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and its successor PF2, in light of experience since 2012, and found the model to be inflexible and overly complex. As such, PF2 will no longer be used for any future Government project. However, the Government remains committed to the use of public-private partnership where it delivers value for the taxpayer...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Zholia Alemi (29 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: Redress for actions of National Health Service bodies may be obtained by making a complaint to the provider or the commissioner of the NHS service. A clinical negligence claim against the NHS may also be made. Patients or family members who have a concern about contact with Zholia Alemi or the care received by her have been advised to contact the local NHS service where they were treated.


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