Results 1–20 of 1000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford

Brexit: Medicine Supply and NHS Staffing - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, we recognise that leaving the EU could affect a wide range of areas across the health and care system. We are doing everything possible to prepare, and our plans should help to ensure that the supply of medicines remains uninterrupted. We continue to monitor staffing levels, and we are working to ensure that there will continue to be sufficient staff to deliver the high-quality...

Brexit: Medicine Supply and NHS Staffing - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: I thank the noble Baroness for her comprehensive questions. Regarding the EU settlement scheme, we are very pleased that there are now record levels of EU nationals working in the NHS and the social care system. We hugely value their contribution. We need them, and we want them to stay. EU nationals working in the NHS can obtain their long-term status in the UK through the EU settlement...

Brexit: Medicine Supply and NHS Staffing - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: I do not believe that the noble Lord is presenting an accurate picture of the case. We have been very clear with the public, and a lot of information has been published on the MHRA website, on GOV.UK, on nhs.uk and in a number of other places, regarding the information about the analysis of the impact of no deal on patients and on the NHS. We have been very clear about the risks that we think...

Brexit: Medicine Supply and NHS Staffing - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: At any given time, there are about 100 to 150 medicine shortages within our system. There is a team specifically set up in the Department for Health and Social Care to deal with these shortages. There is no evidence whatsoever that the shortages within the medicine system at the moment are related to Brexit. I work to respond to those shortages every day. The system that we have set up to...

Brexit: Medicine Supply and NHS Staffing - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: I do not have the data for the proportion manufactured in the UK, but I can tell her that there are 7,000 prescription-only and pharmacy medicines with an EU touchpoint which we believe we need to import into the UK at the point of no deal. We have been working very closely with those suppliers, asking them to hold a six-week stock, over and above the usual buffer stock that they hold in case...

Sexually Transmitted Infections: England - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, we are seeing a mixed picture in relation to trends in sexually transmitted infections. There have been increases in some infections such as syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia, but diagnoses of first-episode genital warts have fallen. We are also seeing a steep decline in new HIV diagnoses among gay and bisexual men. Condoms remain the most effective way of reducing the risk of STDs.

Sexually Transmitted Infections: England - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: I thank my noble friend for his Question and I congratulate him on his important work in this area. He is absolutely right that the Health and Social Care Committee recommended a new sexual health strategy and we will respond to its report shortly. In addition to that, the Green Paper consultation on prevention sought views on priorities for a possible new strategy and we will consider those...

Sexually Transmitted Infections: England - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: The noble Lord will agree that this Government have shown significant commitment to the roll-out of PrEP since the start of the PrEP impact trial in October 2017. Over half of the 26,000 places have been filled, which is welcome progress. The trial is scheduled to continue until autumn 2020 and work is now starting to consider future commissioning for PrEP after the trial has ended.

Sexually Transmitted Infections: England - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: We will need to confirm the distribution of the grant in due course. I am sure that will be the subject of questions as we go forward. As for the guidance that comes from Public Health England, in developing its plans, local systems work in close partnership with directors of public health to respond to local health needs and deliver on the commitments for the long-term plan. Public Health...

Sexually Transmitted Infections: England - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: The noble Baroness is expert in this area and often raises this issue. She is absolutely right that antimicrobial resistance among some STIs is a growing concern. Public Health England has a world-class surveillance system to enable early detection and management of antimicrobial resistance. It is particularly an issue when it comes to gonorrhoea, and it uses that intelligence to advise the...

Sexually Transmitted Infections: England - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My noble friend is absolutely right that increases in particular STIs are worrying and we need to make sure that we drive forward our response to that. Some BAME groups are at particularly high risk of STI acquisition, particularly those from a black Caribbean background possibly due to a higher number of sexual partners. PHE’s reproductive, sexual health and HIV innovation fund is...

Sexually Transmitted Infections: England - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: The noble Lord is of course an expert in where we should target our research. The NIHR is a £1 billion fund which is not targeted specifically. However, it is right that we should target research into STIs to ensure our response to the challenges. We know that STIs are increasing so we should include research into them.

Sexually Transmitted Infections: England - Question (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: The Government have made it clear that we want all young people to be happy, healthy and safe, especially when it comes to relationships. That is why we are making relationship and sex education compulsory for all secondary-age pupils from September 2020. That is intended to equip young people with the skills to maintain their sexual health and overall well-being. The noble Baroness is...

Personal Healthcare Budgets: Sheffield - Question (4 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, the department does not collect the data requested in the specified format. However, the number of people with a personalised health budget is calculated on a quarterly basis within each financial year, which ends on 31 March. Currently, 53,143 people benefit from a personal health budget nationally. I shall write to the noble Lord this afternoon with a full breakdown of all the...

Personal Healthcare Budgets: Sheffield - Question (4 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: The noble Lord has asked a very important question and I am pleased that the Prime Minister has followed through on his commitment to improve the situation for local authorities and for social care, not only by increasing funding for social care by £1 billion today but by increasing funding for local authorities. This is a welcome change for local authorities, which need to ensure that they...

Personal Healthcare Budgets: Sheffield - Question (4 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: Personal health budgets play a really important role, not only in supporting individuals to have personalised care but by making sure that we can seek support from social prescribing and community care, just as the noble Baroness mentioned. These plans are designed not only between the general practitioner and the supporter, but with the patient; therefore, the right information is provided...

Personal Healthcare Budgets: Sheffield - Question (4 Sep 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: One of the actions we have taken today is increasing funding to local authorities to relieve some of the pressures on them, increasing real-terms spending on public health, and also £1 billion for social care. In addition to that, there is a clear impetus from the long-term plan to increase personal health budgets, which are a very important aspect of the solution, because it will lead to an...

Adult Social Care - Question (25 Jul 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, we recognise many of the issues highlighted by ADASS. People of all ages are now living longer, sometimes with complex care needs. Social care funding for future years will be settled in the spending review, where the overall approach to funding local government will be considered in the round. Meanwhile, we have given local authorities access to up to £3.9 billion for more...

Adult Social Care - Question (25 Jul 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: I share the noble Baroness’s impatience on this issue and I agree with the overall conclusions of the ADASS report that older and disabled people need dignified, high-quality care and support. When properly resourced it does work, and as a nation we must make this an immediate priority. That is why I very much welcomed the incoming Prime Minister’s statement that, “we will fix the...

Adult Social Care - Question (25 Jul 2019)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: I thank the noble Lord for the work he has done on this issue. It is very much welcomed. He will know that, as one of his first statements, the Prime Minister said that his job was to, “protect you or your parents or grandparents from the fear of having to sell your home to pay for the costs of care”. This was one of the first points he made. The noble Lord will also know that one of the...


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