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Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health and Social Care: Junior Doctors Contract Review (27 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: I am delighted to tell the House that we have successfully brought to an end the junior doctors dispute, following a review of the 2016 contract. The British Medical Association announced yesterday that Junior Doctors had overwhelmingly – by 82% - backed a four year deal incorporating pay increases and improved flexibility and conditions. The vote by BMA members means that the BMA and NHS...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Cannabis: Medical Treatments (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: The Government acted swiftly to change the law and those patients for whom it is clinically appropriate can be prescribed medicinal cannabis. It is a clinical decision whether to prescribe, and prescriptions of medicinal cannabis are available, and being issued where it is judged clinically appropriate for the patient.

Health and Social Care: NHS: New Technology (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: To increase the access to new technology across the NHS, we have expanded the accelerated access collaborative to get the best technologies in faster, and NHSX is delivering our tech vision to drive forward digital transformation of the NHS.

Health and Social Care: NHS: New Technology (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, my hon. Friend is absolutely right. There is a reason why we care about using the very best technology in the world in the NHS, and that is that it improves treatment for patients. The regional delivery of better technology is critical. The 15 regional academic health science networks are a key part of the AAC and they work closely with local hospitals.

Health and Social Care: NHS: New Technology (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: Yes, 100%. One of the reasons we have put NHSX in place is to drive exactly this policy agenda, where we can get better treatment for patients and save money.

Health and Social Care: NHS: New Technology (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: A most enthusiastic commitment! My hon. Friend has led on this agenda and driven it, because it is all about using technology to save lives. The report that he mentions is optimistic about the power of using data better to ensure that people can live longer.

Health and Social Care: NHS: New Technology (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: I had an incredibly moving meeting with the hon. Lady, my hon. Friend the Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg) and others, and some of the families and children who have Batten disease. I have since met the chief executive of the NHS. The decision on the availability of the drug in question is, of course, one for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and NHS England,...

Health and Social Care: NHS: New Technology (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend is dead right to say that this provides a better service and saves money. I do not have the figure at my fingertips, but I will write to him with the answer and ensure that it is published for the whole House to see.

Health and Social Care: NHS: New Technology (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: Absolutely. Places like Caithness are a great example of where GP consultations that can be done over the phone or over a video conference can save people hours and hours. Of course they sometimes need to see their GP in person, but not always. We are driving this agenda hard in England, and I would be happy to work with the NHS in Scotland to ensure that that technology is taken up there, too.

Health and Social Care: NHS Staffing (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: The interim people plan that we published this month puts the workforce at the heart of the future of the NHS and will ensure that we have the staff needed to deliver high-quality care.

Health and Social Care: NHS Staffing (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: We are working closely with that trust, and it was good to visit and see just how hard working the staff are. They are dedicated to the cause and well supported by their MPs. My hon. Friend is quite right to make that case, and we have a direct package of support for the Worcestershire Royal Hospital and the trust more broadly because it faces unique challenges, some of which are not at all...

Health and Social Care: NHS Staffing (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: We retain that target of 5,000 more GPs. We have managed to increase the number of staff working around GPs, because a GP does not need to do everything in primary care, so we have a more mixed workforce with physios and practice nurses working alongside GPs. There is more work still to do, and the NHS long-term plan sets out how we will make that happen.

Health and Social Care: NHS Staffing (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend makes an important point. This is a vital post in a hospital and a hospital trust that does amazing work—some of the best medicine in the world is done at King’s—but it also has significant challenges with delivery, especially with respect to meeting financial targets and delivering value for money. King’s needs that support, which we are putting in place. I will raise...

Health and Social Care: NHS Staffing (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point. We have expanded the number of medical training places; we have more people going into medicine; and we have a record number of GPs in training. This takes time, of course. I spoke to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education about this recently, and I will make sure that we keep pushing hard.

Health and Social Care: NHS Staffing (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: I have had those discussions, and the Migration Advisory Committee has raised a specific concern about social care. We need to deliver better social care, with people coming from all around the world in addition to domestically trained people. I take on board my hon. Friend’s point.

Health and Social Care: NHS Staffing (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: The right hon. Lady, as always, puts the case for Pontefract very powerfully. The truth is that we will need more nurses and more midwives, as well as other health professionals, over the next five years because we are putting in a record amount of funding. More people are needed to deliver better services, and I am happy to meet her to discuss this specific case. Coming from and representing...

Health and Social Care: NHS Staffing (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: My hon. Friend makes an important point, one that we have frequently discussed. As he knows, I am married to an osteopath, so I do recognise the value that osteopaths bring to all of us.

Health and Social Care: NHS Staffing (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: Of course we need to have the right number of nurses. We need to make sure that we also put in the funding. If the SNP Government in Scotland had put the same funding increases into the NHS in Scotland, there would have been half a billion pounds more there over the last five years. So let us start with getting the money in that we are putting in in England, but is not fully being reflected...

Health and Social Care: NHS Staffing (18 Jun 2019)

Matthew Hancock: I am not going to let the SNP spokesman get away with this. Normally, she brings a thoughtful contribution to health debates, but she said that there is more spending in Scotland per head. The truth is this: the increase in spending in England over the last five years is 17.6%, but in Scotland the increase is only 13.1%. That represents half a billion pounds less: the increase in spending...


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