Results 81–100 of 2279 for speaker:George Freeman

Written Answers — Department of Health: Clinical Commissioning Groups: Pay (7 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: Information on the remuneration of chairs is held by individual clinical commissioning groups and not collected centrally.

Written Answers — Department of Health: Brain: Tumours (6 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: The Department of Health Task and Finish Working Group on Brain Tumour Research is bringing together clinicians, charities and officials to discuss how, working together with research funding partners, we can address the need to increase the level and impact of research into this devastating disease. The Working Group will be chaired by Professor Chris Whitty, the Department’s Chief...

Written Answers — Department of Health: West Cumberland Hospital (6 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: This is a matter for the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. The Trust provided an update on progress in relation to delivery of Phase 2 of the re-development of West Cumberland Hospital in a press release issued in June 2015: http://www.ncuh.nhs.uk/news/2015/june/trust-planning-next-ph ase-of-west-cumberland-hospital-redevelopment.aspx NHS Improvement advises that the Trust is...

Written Answers — Department of Health: NHS Professionals (6 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: Currently NHS Professionals Ltd works with around a third of National Health Service trusts, saving over £40 million a year by providing bank staff cheaper than agencies. The Department's sole objective is to expand this good work into more trusts, thus boosting efficiency and improving patient care. The Department has been exploring a range of potential options, to help NHS...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Obesity: Surgery (6 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: It is for clinicians to decide when bariatric surgery is appropriate based on the need of the patient and in line with appropriate guidance, including that issued by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health: The Care Quality Commission and National Data Guardian for Health and Care’s Independent Reviews into Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs (6 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: Today, two independent reviews have been published which make recommendations about data security in the health and care system in England and a new consent/opt-out model for data sharing. In September 2015, I commissioned the Care Quality Commission (CQC) to undertake a review of data security in the NHS and, in parallel, commissioned Dame Fiona Caldicott, the National Data Guardian for...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Cost of Interpreters (5 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: Until now, data on NHS foreign language translation and interpretation have not been gathered centrally, but I am delighted to say that, as a result of the representations of my hon. Friend and other colleagues, we have changed that, and NHS England is now conducting a major piece of work looking at both commissioning and provider organisations’ expenditure as part of a procurement...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Cost of Interpreters (5 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: My hon. Friend will find no more passionate champion of good data in the NHS than myself. He makes an important point about getting on with this, and I have already signalled to the team in NHS England that we will need to get a grip on this quickly, not least so that the new Administration implementing the Brexit decision will know the figures and have them to hand.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Cost of Interpreters (5 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: Let me gently and respectfully point out that those who work in the NHS and the leaders responsible for it have made it very clear how dependent it is on people who come to work here in the NHS from overseas. Under the terms of our own mandate and indeed our own laws, the NHS has a duty to make sure that it provides proper diagnosis and treatment for all our citizens. For public health and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Forward Budget Planning (5 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: In the autumn statement and the Budget the Government fully funded NHS England’s five year forward view. We have committed to an extra £10 billion in-year by the end of this Parliament. Furthermore, we have frontloaded it, as we were asked to do by NHS England, with £6 billion extra by the end of 2016-17 with an extra £4 billion for technology funding.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Forward Budget Planning (5 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: May I first make it clear, as the Prime Minister has done, that nothing immediately changes? We are still full voting-right members of the European Union, and nobody in the system needs to worry about any immediate changes. The Government are putting together a plan for handling the negotiations that now need to be taken forward, and for my own part I as a Minister in the Department have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Forward Budget Planning (5 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: My hon. Friend raises an important point. NHS England is currently unable to take final decisions on this year’s new treatments, including this particular drug, until the courts have decided whether pre-exposure prophylaxis HIV prevention should compete with other candidate drugs. She makes an important point about timeliness, and that is why I am leading an accelerated access review to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Forward Budget Planning (5 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: I am delighted to assure the hon. Lady that as part of the accelerated access review, we are considering how we can ensure that the £1 billion commitment to the cancer drugs fund is used to accelerate through the most effective treatments, and, through the new system that NHS England is putting in place, to make sure that patients get access to better drugs more quickly.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Forward Budget Planning (5 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: The hon. Gentleman will know that the Under-Secretary of State for Health, my hon. Friend the Member for Battersea (Jane Ellison), opened an exhibition on this topic yesterday and that the Chancellor recently put an extra £5 million into mesothelioma research. Through the National Institute for Health Research, the Government are committing to invest in that disease area. We are also...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Neuromuscular Disorders (5 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: Nothing will change overnight as a result of the European Union referendum decision. The United Kingdom remains a member of the EU until Article 50 negotiations have concluded. This could take up to two years or more if negotiations are extended. EU law continues to apply and ongoing compliance with EU law is considered important in facilitating orderly transition, for negotiating purposes,...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Lung Diseases (5 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: Data on the number of people diagnosed with lung diseases in not available. However, the British Lung Foundation estimates that more than 12 million people in the United Kingdom are affected by lung disease, (of which eight million people have asthma, just over a million have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and more than 150,000 have interstitial lung disease.)

Written Answers — Department of Health: Cancer (5 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: The independent Cancer Taskforce’s strategy recommends improvements across the cancer pathway for all cancers. Specific recommendations for rarer cancers include encouraging the establishment of national or regional multi-disciplinary teams for rarer cancers and commissioning all treatment services for rare cancers nationally. In addition, tackling the causes of rare diseases and cancer...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (4 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: The Department has not received an application for Private Finance Iinitiative financial support associated with the proposed Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust long term partnership. The Department has taken part in a brief initial discussion with Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust’s advisors and NHS Improvement in...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Drugs: Prices (4 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: The Department is already referring cases to the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) and to strengthen our work in this area. We are considering putting measures in place to routinely and systematically monitor significant price increases of generic medicines and take action where appropriate, including the possible referral of suspected excessive pricing to the CMA, while taking into...

Written Answers — Department of Health: Blood Diseases (4 Jul 2016)

George Freeman: NHS England has a published service specification for haemoglobinopathy which covers the requirements of commissioned services providing specialised services for patients with sickle cell disease or thalassaemia. The specification was developed by the Haemoglobinopathies Clinical Reference Group that covers Sickle Cell Disease, Thalassaemia and other very rare anaemias requiring lifelong...


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