Derek Thomas: Is the Minister aware of the recent NICE draft review regarding treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysms? Some 1,500 to 2,000 lives are saved yearly by NHS AAA screening. If the draft recommendations are adopted, a patient is likely to have an aneurysm erupt before treatment and 80% of patients are then likely to die. Will the Minister look carefully at this issue to avoid this unintended...
Derek Thomas: This statement is very welcome, but I have raised in this place before how the money is distributed around the UK; it is well known that the south-west gets about 2% less a year of increased NHS funding. When the Secretary of State has a moment, will he look again at how funding is distributed, and ensure that as it increases, it is increased fairly?
Derek Thomas: I thank the hon. Member for York Central (Rachael Maskell) for securing this debate. It is one that I wanted to secure, but I was not successful, so I am glad to have the opportunity to contribute again on the subject. The Minister might just groan when he hears me speaking again—he has heard the issues several times before, and I was glad to raise them in last week’s Opposition...
Derek Thomas: Is it 24%? Golly! I know the Government need to continue to collect that money, and I am absolutely in favour of the transaction tax. A high street business should pay the same rate on an individual item as an out-of-town store or an online store pays. There must be a way to make taxes fair. There must be a simple way to make tax digital that enables the Government to continue to collect the...
Derek Thomas: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I will reduce my speech to 40 pages now that you have said that. In counties such as Cornwall, the retail sector is a significant contributor to the local economy, so I welcome the opportunity to discuss it. I am glad that the Secretary of State is still in his place, as it is really good to be able to speak directly to him. Most employees in Cornwall work in...
Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency has formal associate membership with the European Medicines Agency after the UK leaves the EU.
Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what representations he has received from the hospice movement on the impact proposed increases in NHS pay; and if he will make a statement.
Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether his Department has made an assessment of the effect of the proposed NHS pay increases on sustainability of voluntary sector hospices.
Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether voluntary hospices will be entitled to receive a proportion of the additional Government funding for the proposed NHS pay increases.
Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to increase capacity at muscle centres to conduct clinical trials.
Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with NHS England on ensuring equitable access to treatments following a positive scientific opinion through the Early Access to Medicines Scheme.
Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that improving patient access to innovative new medicines is included in the terms of reference for negotiations on the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme.
Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the timetable is for the start of negotiations on the pharmaceutical price regulation scheme.
Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has plans to introduce LGBT teaching for primary school age children.
Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether the consultation on changes to teaching of sex and relationship education, and PSHE, published on 19 December 2017, was sent to (a) parents and (b) guardians.
Derek Thomas: I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Gravesham (Adam Holloway) for securing the debate. In Penzance we have a problem, and across Cornwall two years ago we had the third highest level of rough sleeping in the country. When I ask people why, they say because it is the end of the line. People get on the train and get off when it stops in Penzance. There are rumours that local...
Derek Thomas: In Cornwall, I work closely with Konnect Cornwall, headed up by Ian Curnow, which does a lot of work on behalf of the Government and the Department for Work and Pensions to support ex-offenders and people who are on the way into trouble. What more resources can be made available so that no one is left behind?
Derek Thomas: A significant number of businesses in west Cornwall and the constituency of St Ives, which I represent, are facing extreme hardship because of business rate increases in 2017 and 2018. This is becoming a burden that is too great for them to bear. What immediate help can the Minister make available to these hard-working business owners?
Derek Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will provide education and advice on accessing podiatry services to patients considered at risk of falling.