Results 181–200 of 1687 for speaker:Alex Norris

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 125 - Advertising of less healthy food and drink (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to speak to this important clause, which sets out restrictions on advertising less healthy food and drink. I echo what the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire said about its importance and the general commitment to it across the House. Importantly, it also gives me an opportunity to put on the record a message of thanks to the hon. Member for Bury St Edmunds (Jo Churchill) for...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 121 - Regulation of local authority functions relating to adult social care (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am glad to see this change added to the Bill. Since the publication of the White Paper, we have called for greater oversight of integrated care systems. We offered options in previous sittings around democratic accountability, which would be our preference, but we may have to settle for this change, which does represent progress. Integrated care systems—in particular integrated care...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 122 - Provision of social care services: financial assistance (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I will be very brief, not least because we will not divide the Committee. However, I could not let us go past the clause without mentioning the heading. I must read it from the Bill because it gives me so much pleasure: “Provision of social care services: financial assistance”. Wouldn’t that be something in this country? It is quite something to see the Government seeking to establish a...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 121 - Regulation of local authority functions relating to adult social care (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for the contribution from the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire. I completely agreed with her point that, fundamentally, the No. 1 basic issue is a complete lack of investment, as we have seen over the last decade. Everything else after that becomes just tinkering around the edges, and there has been too much of that in this legislation. I share the hon. Member’s enthusiasm for...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 121 - Regulation of local authority functions relating to adult social care (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move amendment 145, in clause 121, page 102, line 40, at end insert— “(11A) When conducting a review under subsection (1), the Commission must ensure the direct involvement of both users and providers of services.” This amendment creates an explicit requirement for service users’ and providers’ involvement in the reviews and assessments that the new Part 46A creates.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 121 - Regulation of local authority functions relating to adult social care (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: We have been at this now for the best part of a couple of months. This is our 16th session. Some of the faces have changed but largely it is the same group of people. We have reached clause 121 of the Health and Care Bill and we have finally found the bit that is about care. It is amazing—you had to not blink or you might have missed it. But I would not get too excited; it is only two...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Urology: Nurses (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 19 July 2021 to Question 7914 on Kidney Cancer, what steps he is taking to involve the urology clinical nurse specialist workforce in the development of the common and consistent competencies for clinical nurse specialists.

Health Incentives Scheme (22 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful to the Minister for advance sight of her statement. We on the Opposition Benches have campaigned for many years against this Government’s short-sighted cuts to public health funding. A reduction in spending of a quarter in this area has led to growing obesity in our population, loss of smoking cessation services, a ticking time bomb of poor sexual health, and over-burdened...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 86 - Relevant bodies (19 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to resume with you in the Chair, Ms Elliott, and to move on to part 3. Of the various parts, it has possibly had the least impact on my mailbag, but it is important. I am a little troubled by some of the provisions and want to probe them a bit. The Minister gave a good and characteristically cogent explanation of what is in the Bill, but not of why it is there. That...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 85 - Medicine information systems (19 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I had intended to go the entire period that I am in this place, however long that might be, at least trying to be a young Member, if not a new Member, but clause 85 amends a piece of legislation that I was on the Bill Committee for previously, so I feel that I cannot do that now. That is really startling. Nevertheless, as I said earlier, I and the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire argued...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 85 - Medicine information systems (19 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I congratulate the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire on her amendments and the case she made for them. I remember with fondness that during proceedings on the Medicines and Medical Devices Act 2021 we were able to offer constructive ways in which information regarding medical devices could be collected and used. We managed to move the Government on that. I hope we have similar success on these...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 83 (19 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: To date we have discussed 83 clauses, and we might finally have found a little note of integration. Local authorities not only want to share their data, but they want a greater sense of the data that they do not have, as the Minister said. They are desperate to do this. They want the all the needs of their service users to be met, but they are frustrated by a system that is atomised and hard...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 84 - Enforcement of duties against private providers (19 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: The clause is an important counterpart to clause 82. If private organisations do not comply with their duties, enforcement will be necessary, although we hope it will not prove to be so very often. As the Minister said, much of this has been left to regulations, so we are flying a little blind, but his point about the affirmative procedure is welcome as we will have a chance to revisit the...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 81 - General duties of the Health and Social Care Information Centre etc (19 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: As the Minister says, the clause deals with the Health and Social Care Information Centre, known to its friends as NHS Digital. This is a crucial body, and everything we have heard in debate so far, and in part 1 of the Bill, makes NHS Digital’s role even more central. The provisions in the Bill are modest; to use the Minister’s preferred language, they are de minimis. NHS Digital will be...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 82 (19 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: We think that this measure is particularly important. Private companies must play their role in the process and share their information, just as we would expect the NHS and local authority bodies to do. However, we want clarity that there will be no refuge to be had from hiding behind bogus confidentiality on commercial grounds. That is not explicitly recognised in the Bill, but I am hoping...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 83 (19 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move amendment 143, in clause 83, page 73, line 23, after “assistance” insert “or any form of reablement and rehabilitation provided under section 2 of the Care Act 2014 to reduce the need for care and support”. This amendment is consequential on NC47.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 83 (19 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: These measures would bring reablement and rehabilitation provided under section 2 of the Care Act 2014, for the purpose of reducing the need for care and support, into the purview of the Care Quality Commission. Unlike other adult social care functions, rehabilitation and reablement services are not currently part of regulated adult social care activities. There is no reporting, guidance on...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 83 (19 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for that reassurance. That does provide comfort, certainly on the CQC aspect. The driver behind the amendment was as much that the CQC sharpens its focus for local authorities. I am not quite sure that we have got to the point where this will close that gap. However, there is a good mechanism by which to do so, so I might pursue this later, rather than pushing it to a Division.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 80 - Sharing anonymous health and social care information (19 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I thank colleagues for their contributions, which I thought were really good. This is an important area, and it is important that we give it a proper look. The points that the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire made about the different types of data were important, and the run-through of their benefits and disbenefits was well made. I know that we will get to them again when we debate future...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 80 - Sharing anonymous health and social care information (19 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for that, and on that basis I beg to ask leave to withdraw the amendment.


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