Results 381–400 of 1415 for speaker:Seema Kennedy

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Air Pollution: Health Hazards (4 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: It is not possible to determine, based on the currently available evidence, whether there is a safe level of exposure to particulate matter PM0.1, PM1 or PM2.5. However, the World Health Organization has developed air quality guidelines for air pollutants. These guidelines can be viewed at the following link: https://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/handle/10665/69477/WHO_S...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking: Bus Services (4 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: No such assessment has been made.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Prostate Cancer (4 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: This information is not held centrally.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Smoking: Health Education (4 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Detailed funding planning is underway for 2019-20 smoking cessation campaigns. Audited spend will be available at the end of the financial year.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination (4 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Coverage of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in teenage girls is high with nearly 84% receiving the full course of vaccine. HPV vaccination uptake data can be viewed at the following link: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/ system/uploads/attachment_data/file/760902/HPV_2017_2018_ann ual_report.pdf From September 2019, the HPV vaccination programme will be...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Streptococcus (4 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: 12 people have died while a further 20 cases have been reported, many among elderly people with existing health conditions. The infection risk of contracting group A streptococcal bacterial strain to the public is very low. Treatment with antibiotics is very effective, if started early enough. The local National Health Service continues to work closely with Public Health England and other...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Dental Services: Care Homes (4 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: In June 2019, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published the report ‘Oral health care in care homes’. Dental inspectors attended 100 routine inspections of care homes. The main findings included that most care homes did not have a policy to promote and protect oral health (52%), almost half of care homes were not training staff to support oral health care (47%) and 73% of care plans...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Cannabis (4 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Given that cannabidiol extracts are found in many products and not just in food, Departmental officials are also working with other Government departments to assess all the relevant issues. We will consider evidence to develop the most suitable approach for regulation and compliance. The Food Standards Agency (FSA) will continue to engage with stakeholders on how the Government can achieve...

Genetic Haemochromatosis (3 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Sharma. I know that I am pressed for time, so if I do not respond to all comments I will happily write to hon. Members. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Rugby (Mark Pawsey) for securing this important debate on genetic haemochromatosis. I also thank his fellow members of the APPG and all right hon. and hon. Members who have spoken in...

NHS Dentists: Cumbria (3 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir David. I thank the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron) for securing this debate. He raised some important issues about dentistry, some of which are national problems that I have been looking at since I came into this role about three months ago, and some of which are pertinent to both the urban and rural areas of...

NHS Dentists: Cumbria (3 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The hon. Gentleman anticipates my speech: I will talk about contract reform later. He knows much better than me that the problem with the previous contract was that it was introduced with perhaps a bit too much haste, and we are now living with the consequences. We are mindful that we need a contract that works well and is sustainable for the future. Nationally, we are introducing so-called...

NHS Dentists: Cumbria (3 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: The hon. Gentleman makes a very timely intervention. We can see how successful the soft drinks industry levy has been in how it has helped to reformulate sugary drinks, the amount of money it has raised that has been recycled into school sports, and the fact that it is changing people’s tastes and behaviour. The prevention Green Paper is in train; let us hope that he is pleased with what is...

NHS Dentists: Cumbria (3 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Of course, part of prevention comes from the public health budget. That now sits back with local authorities, which is where it was historically, and of course—the hon. Gentleman knows my constituency well, having grown up there—there are different needs in different areas. What the NHS does through the immunisation and screening programmes is also part of that aspect of preventive...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Alcoholic Drinks: Scotland (3 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: No assessment has been made. NHS Scotland publishes annual reports on the impact of the Scottish Government’s alcohol strategy, a core element of which is minimum unit pricing. However, the Scottish Government will not publish its statutory report on the impact of minimum unit pricing (MUP) until five years post-implementation of the legislation, in 2023. The Government shall monitor the...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Public Health: Hertfordshire (3 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Local authorities are responsible for assessing the public health needs of their local population, developing public health strategies and commissioning services to improve the health of their populations. Local authorities have responsibility for the commissioning of public health services such as sexual health, stop smoking, drug and alcohol services and the NHS Health Check. Public Health...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: General Practitioners (3 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Health is a devolved matter. As such, the answer refers to England only. There is no recommendation for how many patients a general practitioner (GP) should have as the demand each patient places on their GP is different and can be affected by various factors, including rurality and patient demographics. When considering the ratio of GPs to patients it is important to consider GPs as part...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Japan: Human Papillomavirus (3 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: No ministerial representations have been made to the Japanese government in relation to its human papillomavirus vaccination programme, but we promote the benefits of immunisation in all relevant interactions with partners both nationally and internationally.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Human Papillomavirus: Vaccination (3 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: Health is a devolved matter and we can only provide data for England. The United Kingdom human papillomavirus immunisation programme began in 2008/09, with a three-dose schedule. In 2013/14, the UK moved to a two-dose schedule. Public Health England collects annual coverage data for England, available to view at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/vaccine-uptake#hpv...

Acquired Brain Injury — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (2 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Rosindell. I thank the hon. Member for Rhondda (Chris Bryant) for introducing the debate, and for challenging the Government on this important issue. He is an indefatigable champion for those living with acquired brain injury, about which he has taught me a lot in the few months for which I have been in my position. I also thank all right...

Acquired Brain Injury — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (2 Jul 2019)

Seema Kennedy: I thank the hon. Gentleman for raising that point. I was talking to another colleague who had a brain injury just last year, and she said exactly the same thing. That was not in A&E; it was at a GP practice. There are of course training modules for GPs to access, but debates such as this one and my conversations with NHS England can only help in raising awareness. I thank the hon. Gentleman...


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