Results 1–20 of 151 for speaker:Paul Williams

Written Answers — Ministry of Justice: Personal Independence Payment: Appeals (20 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will set a target for the maximum time limit for people to wait for a personal independence payments appeal to be heard.

Backbench Business: Perinatal Mental Illness — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (19 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: I thank all the Members who stayed here to contribute to the debate. I also thank the organisations—particularly the National Childbirth Trust—that contributed to filling our minds with useful information. I am proud to have brought this issue to Parliament as a man. As many Members said, this is not a women’s issue—it affects us all, and it needs to be taken really...

Backbench Business: Perinatal Mental Illness — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (19 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: It was reported in the Health Service Journal two days ago that the chief executive of the NHS, Simon Stevens, has outlined five priorities for the 10-year plan and that one is reducing health inequalities. Does the Minister think that a serious focus on reducing health inequalities—particularly those that are embedded from the beginning of life—should be a focus for the 10-year plan?

Backbench Business: Perinatal Mental Illness — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (19 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: The hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire referred to a maternity additional service that only four general practices have opted out of. Is the Minister aware of what period of time that additional service covers?

Backbench Business: Perinatal Mental Illness — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (19 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: I will gladly tell the Minister: the period of time covers pregnancy but ends 14 days after birth. Whereas it may be very appropriate for a GP to provide care during that time, the additional service that the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire referred to ends 14 days after birth. We are talking about a different issue: the opportunity to do a check six weeks after birth. There is no...

Backbench Business: Perinatal Mental Illness — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (19 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: I beg to move, That this House has considered perinatal mental illness. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I and my colleague on the Select Committee on Health and Social Care, the hon. Member for South West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous), are delighted to have secured this important debate, and I thank the Backbench Business Committee for granting it. Nothing can...

Backbench Business: Perinatal Mental Illness — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (19 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: I thank my hon. Friend for raising that point. I will refer to it later in my speech. I think the pressure on GP services that she has identified is one reason, but there are some other reasons to do with training and perhaps resources.

Backbench Business: Perinatal Mental Illness — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (19 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: I thank the hon. Gentleman for relating the experience of his constituent, which is, sadly, shared by too many other women. Of course, there are many dedicated health professionals who do identify mental health problems, but too many women say that they slipped through the net. I will talk about why perinatal mental health problems are so important for a child. The first 1,001 days of a...

Backbench Business: Perinatal Mental Illness — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (19 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: I thank my hon. Friend for making several points, including that a child whose mum experiences mental health problems is more likely to develop mental health problems themselves. Despite significant Government investment in specialist perinatal mental health services, significant inequalities remain throughout the country and there are still areas where, as he said, one quarter of women with...

Backbench Business: Perinatal Mental Illness — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (19 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: I thank my hon. Friend for her intervention. I have avoided, as much as I can, talking about money in the debate—not all of this is about money, but there are many opportunities to make a massive difference. If we can draw a direct link between a mum’s experiencing mental health problems and the damage that that may do to her child—it increases the child’s chance of...

Backbench Business: Perinatal Mental Illness — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (19 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: I do give credit to the Government for making investments in this area of provision. We started from quite a low baseline. There has been significant investment. Too many women are still missing out on these specialist services; the coverage throughout the country is patchy, but I acknowledge that things are improving. However, if we are not identifying half the women with perinatal mental...

Trade Bill: Transfer Schemes (17 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: I do hope that we can vote on new clause 17. NHS patients will not be helped if we leave the European Medicines Agency. Being part of the EMA means that when a new drug is developed, a common set of protocols is followed to get that medicine approved. The UK is a world leader in pharmaceuticals and biomedical sciences. We have been the driving force behind the EMA, which has provided...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Cystic Fibrosis (17 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make it his policy to exempt people with Cystic Fibrosis from prescription charges.

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Wood-burning Stoves (16 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 8 January 2018 to Question 120689 on Wood-burning Stoves, what steps he is taking through (a) planning regulations and (b) otherwise to reduce the primary emissions of harmful particulate matter from the use of wood-burning stoves.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Drones over Prisons (10 Jul 2018)

Paul Williams: It is estimated that more than 200 kg of drugs were smuggled into prisons in England and Wales in 2016. What proportion of that 200 kg does the Minister estimate was delivered by drones? What else is happening to stop the use of other methods of delivering drugs into prisons?

Prime Minister: Engagements (27 Jun 2018)

Paul Williams: Two Select Committees—the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee and the Health and Social Care Committee—have today released a joint report describing a vision of a social care system where quality personal care is delivered free at the point of need, separated from the ability to pay, and how to achieve that vision. The Committees’ citizens jury said this was...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (25 Jun 2018)

Paul Williams: I have recently learned that “consequence booths”, where children spend up to seven hours in a small booth without contact with peers, are being used by academies in my constituency. Will the Minister meet me to discuss how we can protect children in Stockton South from this threat to their mental health?

NHS Long-Term Plan (18 Jun 2018)

Paul Williams: How does the Secretary of State plan to lead the transformation from reactive hospital care to preventive community care? He has presided over a fall in community nurses, a fall in GP numbers, cuts to public health and social care, and widening health inequalities. How are the next five years going to be any different from the past five years?

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health Services: Foreign Nationals (13 Jun 2018)

Paul Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who is responsible for making a decision on whether a patient qualifies for an exemption under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and as set out in his Department's accompanying guidance; and to what extent clinicians are involved in such decisions.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health Services: Foreign Nationals (11 Jun 2018)

Paul Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that exemptions to charging under the NHS (Charges to Overseas Visitors (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and as set out in his Department's accompanying guidance are being applied to qualifying patients.


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