Jon Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the (a) number of children having a delayed discharge from in-patient mental health treatment and (b) total number of delayed days for each (i) NHS region and (ii) mental health trust provider in England in each of the last three years.
Jon Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children started eating disorder treatment in each (a) clinical commissioning group area and (b) trust in each of the last 36 months.
Jon Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were (a) referred to a CAMHS service and (b) accepted by a CAMHS services for each (i) clinical commissioning group area and (ii) trust in each of the last 12 months.
Jon Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children had a delayed discharge from in-patient eating disorder treatment and how many days of delayed discharge there were in each (a) NHS region and (b) mental health trust provider in England for each of the last three years.
Jon Ashworth: Can the Secretary of State tell us how many elective operations he expects to be cancelled by 31 December?
Jon Ashworth: I am grateful to the Secretary of State for his answer, but already more than 80,000 elective operations have been cancelled. That is an increase on the past year. A&E attendance is up on the past year, bed occupancy is higher than last year and the Care Quality Commission has today warned that the NHS is straining at the seams. Winter is coming. Last week, the Tory party made spending...
Jon Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people who will benefit from the new oral health programme, Starting Well.
Jon Ashworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding has been committed so far from the public purse to the new oral health preventative programme, Starting Well.
Jon Ashworth: On a point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker. Is it not now clear that the House has been unanimous in saying that we should end the pay cap in the NHS and give health workers a fair pay rise? Is it not also clear that the reason the Government did not divide on this motion is that they knew they would lose?
Jon Ashworth: I beg to move, That this House notes that in 2017-18 NHS pay rises have been capped at one per cent and that this represents another below-inflation pay settlement; further notes that applications for nursing degrees have fallen 23 per cent this year; notes that the number of nurses and midwives joining the Nursing and Midwifery Council register has been in decline since March 2016 and that...
Jon Ashworth: My hon. Friend is right to raise that point. It is not just, which is why the Labour party has consistently campaigned to get rid of the cap. The Conservatives have voted against getting rid of it when we have brought motions on this issue to the House. Given that the Government are now briefing that the cap is being abandoned, I trust that they will accept the motion in the name of the...
Jon Ashworth: My hon. Friend is right to raise that point. I shall go on to explain that the pay cap is at the heart of the recruitment and retention crisis that is now facing the national health service.
Jon Ashworth: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. She has been determined in her pursuit of this issue and I know that that will continue.
Jon Ashworth: I will make a little progress now, if I may. I promise I will take more interventions later. I say directly to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, who will be responding to the debate later, that if Ministers are given flexibility to set pay rates, and if the pay cap has indeed been abandoned, she also needs to grant the NHS the funding that it needs. The NHS is underfunded and it is going...
Jon Ashworth: The Labour party supports people taking legal industrial action, and if the hon. Lady supports public sector workers, she should be joining us in the Division Lobby later.
Jon Ashworth: I agreed with the hon. Lady’s comments at the time of the debate on the Gracious Speech, when she said: “I’m of the view we need to look at public sector pay in the light of increasing inflation.” If those were her comments then, she should be joining us in the Division Lobby this afternoon.
Jon Ashworth: I will let the hon. Member for Wells (James Heappey) in because he has been very persistent, but first let me make some progress. It is not good enough for the Chief Secretary to grant the Secretary of State flexibility and not grant him the funding that the NHS needs. Overcrowded, overstretched hospital trusts cannot be expected to absorb pay rises from existing budgets. We need extra...
Jon Ashworth: Let me make a little bit of progress, and then I will give way. Over the past seven years, a public sector worker on the median public sector wage has seen the value of their wage drop by £3,875. That is more than the cost of feeding the average family for a year. Given what we know about inflation, on the figures published yesterday and on the Treasury’s own inflation forecast, if...
Jon Ashworth: The Chief Secretary says it is not true. These amounts are based on her own Treasury figures.
Jon Ashworth: There we have it—the Conservative party playing one part of the public sector off against the other. We believe the whole of the public sector deserves a pay rise.