Results 61–80 of 7194 for speaker:Matthew Hancock

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: We will absolutely do that. The hon. Gentleman rightly says that this provision is a devolved matter, and we have already had a debate about the relative funding increases, but this case clearly needs looking at seriously. I will make sure I get in contact with my colleagues in the Scottish Government who are responsible for the provision of this service to make sure that it is looked at...

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, I am trying to take as many interventions as is reasonable. I feel as though I have been sitting down for most of the half hour that I have technically been speaking for—

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: Hold on, I have not even answered the previous intervention. The truth is that the NHS has proposed measures that will make it easier to run the NHS, to reduce bureaucracy and to change the procurement rules that we discussed. Ultimately, these responses—there have been nearly 190,000 responses to the consultation—have the support of the royal colleges, the Local Government Association...

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend is absolutely right about getting community beds closer to home. I wish to mention four other measures in the Queen’s Speech—

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: I will debate the hon. Gentleman’s involvement in PFI, which hamstrung the hospitals, every day of the week. Now, however, I wish to—

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: In 2011, I was the MP for West Suffolk. I opposed PFI in opposition and I have opposed it ever since, and I am delighted that the Government are cancelling it. It is just such a shame that the hon. Gentleman spent so many years driving through PFI when we could have built better hospitals for less money if we had properly put them on the books of the nation’s balance sheet, as we are doing now.

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: I will take two more interventions and then I must get through dealing with the rest of the Queen’s Speech.

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: Yes. My hon. Friend is a brilliant advocate for her local community, and I visited the new medical school with her. She makes an incredibly important point about access to new medicines. We want to bring more access to new medicines, rather than saying that if it is not made by the state, people should not have it, which is the approach outlined in the amendment. Let me turn to the medicines...

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. It was incredibly moving to meet, in my office downstairs here in the House of Commons, some children with Batten disease who needed access to world-class drugs. They are expensive drugs, but we needed to get them at a price that was affordable to the NHS. I met the parents and some of the children, and it was incredibly moving. I met some siblings—one...

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: Quite right. I am voting for you, Madam Deputy Speaker. On the point made by the hon. Member for Swansea West (Geraint Davies), to whom I will not give way—

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: I am not going to give way after that nonsense, but on his point, perhaps he was not here at the start, but on the first page of my speech it says that “the NHS is not, and never will be for sale under this government. The Prime Minster and the President have made it abundantly clear that the NHS will not be on the table in any trade talks.” How many times do I have to say it? I will say...

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, that will absolutely be addressed. We also have a report by Baroness Cumberlege that will look specifically in that matter, which is incredibly important for many people. We absolutely have to get it right. I wish to touch briefly on three further measures: first, the Health Service Safety Investigations Bill. Millions of people receive life-saving care in the NHS, but saving lives also...

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: I very much agree with my hon. Friend. In many trusts, things have gone very well over the past few years and there is a much more open and less hierarchical culture, with less bullying and more openness to challenge. However, that is not the case in every part of the NHS, and that needs to change. The Health Service Safety Investigations Bill addresses that directly. After the welcome given...

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: The hon. Gentleman is saying yes, which I am grateful for. I am open-minded to changes and improvements, and to listening to the experts and those with constituency cases that they can bring to bear, to make sure that the Bill is the best it possibly can be.

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend is quite right. I was trying to shorten my speech, Madam Deputy Speaker, so I missed out a paragraph. I should have said that the purpose of the Bill is to enable staff to speak openly and honestly about errors without fear of blame or liability. That is exactly the point that my hon. Friend made and to which he paid an awful lot of attention in the drafting and...

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, I will look precisely into the matter that my hon. Friend raises, because care plans should be the norm. Across the country, a high proportion of people now leave in-patient care with a care plan in place. If the proportion is not high enough in her area, I will look into it, write to her and make sure that she gets the full details.

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: This is another incredibly important point. I will be working with the new Minister for Defence People and Veterans, as well as the Minister for Mental Health, my hon. Friend the Member for Mid Bedfordshire (Ms Dorries), to address exactly that sort of concern. This is a long overdue—

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: We are absolutely acting on the area that the hon. Lady quite rightly raises. The number of patients who are in in-patient facilities who have learning disabilities and/or autism has been falling—the number has fallen from 2,700 a couple of years ago to 2,250 on the latest figures. We have a plan to reduce that number further. We must ensure that everybody who comes out of in-patient...

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: I want to pay tribute to the work that Sir Simon has done in bringing this matter forward. We are absolutely looking at the capital requirements, as well as the requirements for revenue funding, which have gone up in this area. We will be publishing a White Paper by the end of the year, and then we will bring forward the new mental health Bill as a draft Bill. Mental health is a priority for...

The National Health Service (23 Oct 2019)

Matthew Hancock: Yes they do.


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