Results 1–20 of 1621 for speaker:Alex Norris

Down Syndrome Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak for the Opposition on this very important Bill. I commend the right hon. Member for North Somerset (Dr Fox) for using his precious private Member’s Bill slot on this important matter, and I understand this is his first success in the ballot in 29 years, so roll on 2050 for the next one. The right hon. Gentleman said plenty that will have moved...

Down Syndrome Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for that intervention. Members on both sides of the House share a commitment and an ambition to make significant advances in the mental health of the British people. We know that there are barriers for people with the most profound physical health conditions because, traditionally, we have not looked beyond those conditions to evaluate the mental health aspect. I hope that the...

Down Syndrome Bill (26 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: I am very grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for that, although I am not sure that it was a carrot as much as a stick. However, I know that noble Lords will be taking the same interest in the Health and Care Bill, and I absolutely share his confidence in that sense. To finish, I look forward to seeing this Bill in its next stages, and we want gains to be made in the four areas in the...

Covid-19 Update (26 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement and for his kind words about the shadow Secretary of State, my right hon. Friend the Member for Leicester South (Jonathan Ashworth), which we all share on this side of the House. We have been critical of the Government in the past for taking too long to protect our borders from new variants, particularly when delta was left to...

Alcohol Harm (25 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to speak in this important debate and to follow such powerful contributions by colleagues. I commend in particular the hon. Member for St Ives (Derek Thomas) on securing the debate and on the way in which he led it. He said he wanted to start a new conversation. That was an elegant way to put it and is a good challenge to us all; we should all work in that spirit, and his...

Health and Social Care: Covid-19 Booster Doses: Shipley (23 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: The vaccination programme has lost momentum over the summer and autumn. To ensure that everyone who is eligible gets their booster jab by Christmas, we need to be vaccinating half a million people a day, but we are currently not near that figure. We need to reboot the national effort in Shipley and beyond—[Interruption.] Always just for you, Mr Speaker. We need to be mobilising retired...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 2 - Health warnings on cigarettes and cigarette papers (22 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: There is a danger that the right hon. Gentleman has missed the point. The reality is that for a decade there has been historically low investment in our health service, which of course has Barnett consequentials for Wales. That is the reality and why the system is as distressed as it is. I do not think he can put that at the door of the Welsh Government. Let me come back to public health....

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 2 - Health warnings on cigarettes and cigarette papers (22 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that intervention. I completely agree with him. I would be the last one to police people’s consumption habits in the night-time economy for fear of being a hypocrite, but I do think that we should all have informed choice. What we have at the moment is inconsistent and unclear. We know that that frustrates people. A recent survey has shown that: 75%...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 2 - Health warnings on cigarettes and cigarette papers (22 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: My hon. Friend will be delighted to hear that I will be coming on to the modesty of the Government’s plans for tackling obesity, but I have to finish my remarks about new clause 16. New clause 16 compels the Secretary of State to publish an annual statement about the spend and impact of alcohol treatment funding. After a decade of reduced commitment in this vital area, the Secretary of...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 2 - Health warnings on cigarettes and cigarette papers (22 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: I think that a solution might be a little from column A and a little from column B, but I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for making that point. We have heard about the modesty of the strategy from the hon. Member for Buckingham. The reality is that any benefits from the obesity strategy will be outstripped by losses in the nation’s health caused by the impact of the cut to universal...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 2 - Health warnings on cigarettes and cigarette papers (22 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: Yes, I agree. I look with real sadness at the loss of exercise-on-prescription schemes that were part of the public health grant but have gone over the last decade. Similarly, on swimming, the decisions in the Budget relating to local authorities will lead to councils, which are setting their budgets as we speak, closing more leisure centres and swimming pools. We should mourn those losses,...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 2 - Health warnings on cigarettes and cigarette papers (22 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: The hon. Gentleman tempts me, but my problem is that I want to know that the conversations have taken place and that the proposal has been considered as an option. I would not say today that I think it is the best option, but I am surprised that that conversation has not taken place, which is why I have highlighted it. There is still time for the Minister to reconsider, and he should. I was...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 2 - Health warnings on cigarettes and cigarette papers (22 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to speak for the Opposition in this first part of the debate on the Bill. A decade ago, virtually to the day, I was a young activist taking part in marches, protests, online campaigns, letter writing campaigns, petitions and much more in opposition to what would become the Health and Social Care Act 2012. We argued that it would lead to more fragmentation, less integration,...

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 2 - Health warnings on cigarettes and cigarette papers (22 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: Yes. That was a strong theme in Committee that we on the Opposition Benches are very much against; it is likely to be a prominent theme during our discussion of upcoming amendments. Through what we are discussing now, we at least have the chance to put something in the Bill that might improve the public’s health.

Health and Care Bill: New Clause 2 - Health warnings on cigarettes and cigarette papers (22 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: My hon. Friend makes an important point. This Secretary of State must be the first in the history of the NHS who came into that important role saying that he was expecting waiting times to grow to the extent that they are. That is of course pandemic-related, but it also has a reality far beyond this extraordinary last 18 months. There are more than 125 clauses in the Bill and the Government...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Urology: Community Diagnostic Centres (19 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the report entitled Diagnostics: Recovery and Renewal: Report of the Independent Review of Diagnostic Services for NHS England, published on 27 November 2020, what progress his Department has made in moving the urological outpatient workload to community diagnostic hubs.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Conditions of Employment: Immunosuppression (19 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that employment protections are retained for immunocompromised people who are less protected by covid-19 vaccines.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Kidney Cancer: Health Services (19 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what guidance his Department has issued to primary care providers on ensuring that patients’ views are taken into account when kidney cancer services are (a) designed and (b) delivered.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health Services: Private Sector (19 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department has taken to ensure that private health corporations and their subsidiaries do not move personal health data outside of the UK.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Disease Control (19 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what support clinically extremely vulnerable people will receive in the event that covid-19 restrictions are reintroduced.


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