Results 1–20 of 1459 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Barclay

Health and Social Care: Leaving the EU (24 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: The Government are undertaking a wide range of analysis in support of our EU exit negotiations and preparations. Our overall programme of work is comprehensive, thorough and continuously updated.

Health and Social Care: Leaving the EU (24 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: We will remain committed to attracting the brightest and best. The hon. Lady says that her area is “beleaguered”; I remind her that the Kent and Medway sustainability and transformation partnership received £101.2 million more than it received in the previous year.

Health and Social Care: Leaving the EU (24 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: My hon. Friend has raised an extremely important point. The Home Secretary recently announced a settlement scheme to enable those staff from the European economic area to remain. However, it is also important for us not to scare EU nationals, and to point out that there are now 4,500 more non-UK EU nationals working in the NHS than there were two years ago, at the time of the referendum....

Health and Social Care: Leaving the EU (24 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I would have expected the hon. Lady to welcome the additional funds that have been announced—not just the £2 billion for social care, but the extra £20.5 billion a year, in real terms, that will be delivered through the long-term funding settlement. Instead of criticising that funding, the hon. Lady should welcome the Government’s commitment to increasing funds for the...

Health and Social Care: Leaving the EU (24 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: My hon. Friend is right to draw the House’s attention to the fact that there are a number of benefits from leaving the EU, not just in terms of the dividend to which he refers, but in terms of flexibility, for example in—[Interruption.] Labour Members do not seem to want to hear about the opportunities: opportunities on life sciences for example, in terms of getting medicines...

Health and Social Care: Leaving the EU (24 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: As the hon. Lady will be aware, we accepted the amendment, and it is our intention to work as closely as possible on that as part of taking that forward—[Interruption.] To correct the—[Interruption.]

Health and Social Care: Leaving the EU (24 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: This is a near instantaneous correction, Mr Speaker, to recognise that what I should have clarified is that, following the vote in the House, it is our intention to work as closely as possible with that, and we recognise the point the hon. Lady makes.

Health and Social Care: Leaving the EU (24 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: There are a number of things that can be taken advantage of. We can use the flexibilities we have in terms of assessments with shorter timescales so that we can prioritise UK drugs that are bespoke to the UK market. There will be opportunities as part of this, as well as our working closely with European colleagues.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (24 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: My right hon. Friend raises an important point about ensuring that procedures are done in the right place at the right cost, but primarily in a way that is best for the patient. I am happy to meet her to discuss the specifics of that and to see whether a change can be made.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (24 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I am happy to discuss with my hon. Friend how we provide support. Addressing the fact that 43% of patients in acutes do not actually clinically need to be in hospital is a key objective of the long-term plan to ensure that we get the right community services and relieve pressure from acutes.

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I commend my right hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead (Sir Mike Penning) for bringing the important matter of NHS accountability before the House. No one who heard his remarks can doubt for one minute his passion both for the NHS and for ensuring that the services it provides meet the needs of his constituents. He is right in this month, when we mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS,...

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I am grateful to my right hon. Friend for recognising that in the House. I think that is widely shared across the NHS. It is right that the Government are bringing forward the draft Bill to place the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch on a legal footing. Indeed, trusts should disclose any pay settlements to NHS Improvement. Therefore, on the concern to which my right hon. Friend brought...

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: Well, I must take issue with that point. First, my right hon. Friend is well aware that the Government have four tests that apply to service change that ensure the voice of patients is heard and in particular that service reconfigurations are clinically led and done at a local level. I draw attention to the work that Professor Tim Briggs and Professor Tim Evans are doing through the...

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I shall just unbundle two separate points from my right hon. Friend’s remarks. First, his point that these changes are all in the hands of the bureaucrats collides with the Government’s own position, which is that there are four tests. What he is drawing out is not whether the guidance is there as a protection but whether it is being implemented operationally, and that obviously...

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: As I have said, we did explore these issues in some detail in March, and I absolutely respect the conviction with which my right hon. Friend is championing the interests of his constituents. In the spirit of balance, I draw my right hon. Friend’s attention to the fact that a number of enhancements have also been made, including the introduction of a number of bookable appointments...

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: It is in the same STP area.

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I beg to differ from my right hon. Friend on that, because this gets to the crux of the issue. The NHS must evolve. It has to move with technology and with the skills mix. Alongside the significant funding injection that the Prime Minister announced at the Royal Free Hospital, the NHS must also deliver productivity. At the specialist level, such as oncology or neuroscience, we often have...

Delegated Legislation: NHS Trusts: Accountability (10 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: Again, I am happy to consider that issue. I have been up to visit the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust and have met the chief executive and the leadership team, so I am aware of the issues, which are partly due to geography. However, we are straying slightly away from Hemel Hempstead. As I said, I am happy to engage with my right hon. Friend the Member for Hemel Hempstead on his...

Management of NHS Property (4 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship once again, Ms Dorries. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Bristol South (Karin Smyth) for bringing such an important issue before the House. The hon. Lady opened by saying that property may not be the most exciting of topics but, as her speech set out, it is integral to the healthcare service offered in local settings. The substance of her...

Management of NHS Property (4 Jul 2018)

Stephen Barclay: I was trying to make the point that greater transparency on the true cost of the estate drives behaviour to use the estate more effectively. Part of the difficulty has been that, because the estate was not adequately charged market rents in some areas, moving to a fairer and more transparent assessment of market rents—these things are independently assessed, I hasten to add—is a...


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