Eleanor Smith: On PFI hospitals, the National Audit Office report recently found “no evidence of operational efficiency”, and that in the NHS, “the cost of services, like cleaning…hospitals is higher under PFI contracts.” Will the Chancellor explain why his Government persist with imposing higher costs than necessary on local health budgets instead of ensuring value for money...
Eleanor Smith: What assessment he has made of trends in the level of apprenticeship starts since the introduction of the apprenticeship levy.
Eleanor Smith: Last year, the Government set a target of 2.3% of the workforce for public bodies on employing apprentices, yet following a series of parliamentary questions by the shadow Education team we have discovered that the vast majority of Departments, including the Department for Education, are failing to hit that target. If the Department is unable to meet such targets internally, how are we...
Eleanor Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has his Department made of the effect of removing the Patient Reported Outcome Measure on hernia repair on the commissioning policies used by Clinical Commissioning Groups.
Eleanor Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance NHS England has issued to Clinical Commissioning Groups for the development of commissioning policies for inguinal hernia repair.
Eleanor Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what criteria is used by Clinical Commissioning Groups to determine commissioning policies for inguinal hernia repair.
Eleanor Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of the recommendation made by Hernia Outcomes Campaign on the introduction of a watchful waiting policy for inguinal hernia surgery in that organisations report, Inguinal Hernia Surgery: Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Variation, published in November 2017.
Eleanor Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, in what form will patient outcomes for inguinal hernia patients be recorded as a result of the decision by NHS England to discontinue the patient reported outcome measure for that treatment.
Eleanor Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will respond to the recommendations made in the Hernia Outcomes Campaign’s report, Inguinal Hernia Surgery: Improving Patient Outcomes and Reducing Variation published in November 2017, and will he make a statement.
Eleanor Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many inguinal hernia repair procedures has NHS undertaken in each Clinical Commissioning Group in each of the last five years.
Eleanor Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many patients underwent inguinal hernia surgery in each region of England in each of the last three years.
Eleanor Smith: What steps he is taking to support businesses affected by the liquidation of Carillion.
Eleanor Smith: Since my last question about Carillion, 239 jobs have now been lost in Wolverhampton, which is a huge loss to our city. The Express & Star, a local newspaper in Wolverhampton, has said that hundreds of suppliers and subcontractors will be left unpaid, which means more job losses. How does the Department plan to provide support for those businesses and their workers?
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Eleanor Smith: I am one of the second generation of Windrush; my parents came in 1954. I really do not understand why people have to prove that they live in this country when they have children aged 30 or older and probably have grandkids, too. Why are we talking about having to prove it? Why can we not just give them a blanket exception? I do not understand why, if people have entered the country from 1948...
Eleanor Smith: What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the adequacy of funding for his Department.
Eleanor Smith: The National Audit Office found that the MOD had not included £9.6 billion of forecast cost in the 2017 equipment plan, including the cost of buying the Type 31e frigates. Does the Secretary of State think that that kind of mismanagement is likely to help his discussions with the Chancellor about additional funding?
Eleanor Smith: What steps she is taking to ensure support for former Carillion employees whose pensions will not be covered by the Pension Protection Fund.
Eleanor Smith: The workers in the Carillion defined contribution scheme should not have to suffer any detriment to their pension. Will the Government be looking to draw back bonuses paid to the Carillion executives to put back into the pension funds?
Eleanor Smith: I absolutely appreciate the Secretary of State’s announcement on pay. As a nurse who has worked for more than 40 years, I know that it is greatly welcomed by everybody across the patch, including porters. I want to ask, however, about wholly owned subsidiary staff. I believe that some of them are not under “Agenda for Change” terms. Will they get the pay rise as well?