Results 1–20 of 915 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Jackie Doyle-Price

Cancer Treatment: Patient Travel Times — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Jackie Doyle-Price: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Christopher. It is also a pleasure to respond to the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron). I wish to associate myself with his opening comments in praise of the NHS. Demand for NHS services is constantly increasing. We always want the best we can possible get, but by making that case, we often sound as if we are talking...

Cancer Treatment: Patient Travel Times — [Sir Christopher Chope in the Chair] (10 Jan 2018)

Jackie Doyle-Price: I absolutely agree—the two are complementary and need to be key ingredients in a successful strategy to combat cancer. NHS England is not only modernising existing radiotherapy services; it is currently consulting on a new model for them, as the hon. Gentleman said. The aim is to encourage radiotherapy providers to work together in networks to concentrate expertise and improve pathways...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Organ Donation (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: An impact assessment has been published as part of the Government’s public consultation, and it suggests that moving towards an opt-out system for organ donation, as part of a wider communication and logistical package, can be associated with higher donation rates. The Government have invited submissions of further evidence, which we will consider carefully before responding. We have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Organ Donation (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: I part with my hon. Friend on his point about the state taking control through presumed consent. We are talking about a register from which people could physically opt out, rather than opt in. The issues about end-of-life consent will continue to be the same, and the next of kin will be a full consultee. As for live donation, the issues are complex, but one reason why we are seeing a decline...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Organ Donation (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his support and for his hard work in this space. Through him, I can perhaps thank the Daily Mirror for its public displays of education through the Max’s law campaign, but we all need to make an effort. There is no doubt that the public are hugely in favour of donation and want to be able to support it as best they can, but the matter has rather fallen...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Organ Donation (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: My hon. Friend highlights one of the biggest challenges we face. There is no doubt that the rate of organ donation is much lower among black and minority ethnic populations, and yet they are more inclined to suffer from diseases that require a donated organ, so we are keen to work on that. Only this week, I met organisations connected with the black and Asian community to discuss how we can...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Organ Donation (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his support. The figures from Wales come at an early stage, but the system that we are looking to introduce has much in common with that in Spain. The issue is not so much about the register moving towards an opt-out system, but the wraparound care that goes with it, such as the specialist nurses who speak with relatives when they are going through the trauma of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Social Care (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: Councils in England will receive an additional £2 billion for social care over the next three years, as announced in March 2017. The Government have given councils access to up to £9.25 billion more dedicated funding for social care over the next three years as a result of measures introduced since 2015. This means that, overall, councils are able to increase spending on adult...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Social Care (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: The entitlement to care is completely enshrined in the Care Act 2014, so if needs are not being met, there is a statutory obligation that can be enforced. On the long-term solutions, obviously, we have put in additional money to sort out the short-term funding pressures, but we need to have a long-term and more sustainable deal with which to meet our obligations for social care, which is why...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Social Care (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising this with me today, because I hope to reassure the House, and anxious people with loved ones in care with Four Seasons, that there is no immediate threat to continuity of care. I and my officials are keeping a very close eye on the situation, so that, with the Care Quality Commission, we ensure that there is a stable transition and that the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Social Care (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: I have always thought that a silo culture was the enemy of good public policy, which means that integrating policy-making across Government will tend to lead to better outcomes. I can assure my hon. Friend that I have regular conversations with the Department for Communities and Local Government and, as we approach the long-term funding pressures, we will be very much working in tandem.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Social Care (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: The hon. Lady will be aware that, immediately following these questions, we will be having a statement on funding from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. I remind her again that we have made an additional £9.25 billion available for social care over this three years, but she is right that the long-term sustainability will be addressed by reform, which is why we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: Although we cannot meaningfully compare between 2010 and today, I can advise that the number of NHS staff working in mental health and learning disability trusts was 162,611 in July 2013 and 166,905 in July 2017—an increase of 4,334.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: As the hon. Gentleman knows, we have published a workforce strategy to deliver exactly on the commitments that the Prime Minister has made. I can report that we have had a significant increase in the workforce. For example, in IAPT—improving access to psychological therapies—the number is up by 2,728 since 2012, a 47% increase. The number of psychiatry consultants is up from 4,026...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: As my right hon. Friend identifies, training is key, and another central point is GPs’ ability to signpost people to appropriate treatments and therapies, which is exactly why we are investing in specialist care.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Workforce (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: The hon. Lady raises exactly the point that we are trying to address through the Green Paper. We are committed to delivering on the four-week waiting time by 2020, which will make sure that we treat over 70,000 more children with mental health issues that need to be addressed. I will be quite honest: this is not where I want us to be, but that is exactly why the Government have made it a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Suicide Rates (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: We remain committed to reducing the national suicide rate by 10% by 2020, and our record investment in mental health will ensure that we can achieve that ambition. Local suicide prevention plans now cover 98% of the country, and we updated the cross-government suicide prevention strategy in January to strengthen key areas for action, including by focusing on self-harm as an area in its own right.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Suicide Rates (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: I thank my hon. Friend for sharing that very moving case. We have no evidence at this stage that those drinks cause such outcomes, but we know that all stimulants, whether alcohol or caffeine, have consequences that can affect people’s mental health. That is something that bears examination.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Suicide Rates (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: I am always keen to learn from areas of the United Kingdom where things are going well. As the hon. Gentleman will be aware, our suicide prevention strategy is very much rooted in local prevention plans. Although 98% of the country is covered by those plans, we really want to do a proper audit of how good they are. That will enable us to share best practice across the nations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Services: Children and Young People (19 Dec 2017)

Jackie Doyle-Price: We have assessed children and young people’s mental health as part of our ongoing work to improve services, and the results of our assessments have led to £1.4 billion of extra funding to support locally led transformation plans. The recent Green Paper aims to improve the provision of services in schools, bolster links between schools and the NHS, and pilot a four-week waiting time...


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