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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Drugs: Cost Effectiveness (1 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the NICE methods and process review, what steps he is taking to tackle the policy and system barriers NICE has identified as preventing the implementation of the discount rate.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Drugs: Cost Effectiveness (1 Nov 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Voluntary Scheme for Branded Medicines Pricing and Access on improving patient access to new medicines; and if he will make a statement on the relevance to patients of changing the discount rate used by NICE from 3.5 per cent to 1.5 per cent.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 57 - Cancer strategy (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for that answer, which reflects the current difference in public policy between the Government and the Opposition. At oral questions to the Health Secretary, I always ask and will continue to ask whether the Government’s position is that the current plans and status will be sufficient to meet the challenges and the backlog—we think they are not. While the system was...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 54 - Enhanced data collection (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: This is not something that we will be able to resolve with top-down prescription, but I have made the point that I hope we will do everything we can at a national level to model best practice, to demonstrate best practice and to give our local systems access to best-practice systems, because that will be very important. On that basis, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 56 - Domestic violence training for GPs (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. Domestic abuse is an issue of significant interest across this place. We know that two women a week are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales alone. As we mentioned the other day, a quarter of women will experience domestic abuse in the course of their lifetime, which has devastating effects. It impacts on both the...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 56 - Domestic violence training for GPs (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful to the Minister for his response. I am more than happy to wait for the domestic abuse strategy, but I really hope that such measures will feature in it, and that when the strategy goes around various Departments for their comments, the Minister will make a commitment—

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 56 - Domestic violence training for GPs (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: That is very welcome, and in that spirit, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 57 - Cancer strategy (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 57 - Cancer strategy (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am conscious of other business, so if I am interrupted, I will not take it as rudeness.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 57 - Cancer strategy (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: New clauses 57 and 64 both relate to cancer. It is not quite possible to quantify the damage done by cancer in this country because we end up just throwing big numbers around. In the UK, there are 375,000 new cases and 166,000 cancer deaths each year. Each of those numbers represents a person with a devastated family. I lost my father to cancer in my infancy—35 years ago in January—and...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 53 - Women’s representation in reproductive healthcare planning (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for the contribution from my hon. Friend the Member for Bristol South. Many people will be looking with great interest at what happens tomorrow. She spoke about the menopause not having been on the political agenda for such a long time. I think that that has changed, and not before time, so we are all very much looking forward to what will happen. We have tested the Minister on...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 54 - Enhanced data collection (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, that the clause be read a Second time. I keep going, Ms Elliott. Again, you can perhaps file this under gluttony for punishment. I do not intend to talk for very long about this new clause. I am sure that the Minister will be able to give us comfort easily on the point of new clause 54. It is just to develop the point about data one last time before our carriages turn into...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 52 - Plan for implementing recommendations of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices review (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for colleagues’ contributions. The comments of the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire presaged what the Minister said: yes, the Government have been able to do the more strategic aspects of this, but they have done half a job. The half they left out relates to people who have fought for so long just to get a little support, and recognition that they have been badly wronged in a...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 53 - Women’s representation in reproductive healthcare planning (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. The new clause is a fitting follow-up to new clause 52, in the sense that the theme of the report was that, yes, dreadful things happened, but—as the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire said—largely with a complete lack of knowledge among clinicians, who were just following the guidelines, as they were supposed to and had been trained to....

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 51 - Duty on integrated care partnerships to prepare and deliver a Best Start for Life strategy (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: The point that the hon. Member for Central Ayrshire made about the UK losing 1,400 children a year is sobering. Whatever comes out of the process that the Minister mentioned must to be different from what we have today, or we will keep repeating that mistake. I shared the hon. Lady’s view about the pitch to the Treasury, but we will have to demonstrate that planning cycles in this country...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 52 - Plan for implementing recommendations of the Independent Medicines and Medical Devices review (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. In February 2018, the noble Baroness Cumberlege was asked to carry out the independent medicines and medical devices review into the experiences of people—generally women—who had been treated with Primodos, sodium valproate or pelvic mesh implants. In very many cases, they had to battle for decades to be heard. They were gaslit,...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 50 - Access to innovative medicines and medicinal products review (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful to the Minister for his full answer. He mentioned reviews around the innovative medicines fund and NICE methods, and it is probably wise for us to let those processes play out before looking at anything else, so I do not intend to press the new clause to a Division. However, I will leave the Minister with some final thoughts on NICE methods. First, I hope there will be a...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 51 - Duty on integrated care partnerships to prepare and deliver a Best Start for Life strategy (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. I cannot quite remember on what day this new clause was submitted; it is towards the end of the new clauses but not at the very end, so that probably carbon dates it by 10 days or so. Nevertheless, we had some news in this space from yesterday’s Budget. We are in the strange situation of having seen effective early intervention services,...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 50 - Access to innovative medicines and medicinal products review (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for that contribution. It is axiomatic that, if we are talking about diseases that affect small populations in this country, growing the field of people who are affected so that we can undertake better research, trials and treatment can only be a good thing. I hope that the Minister might touch on how he is ensuring that we are not disadvantaged in that way. When we add up the...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 50 - Access to innovative medicines and medicinal products review (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. The new clause would put a helpful requirement on the Secretary of State to undertake a review of the assessment and use of innovative medicines and medicinal products, which I believe would be a positive step forward. Medical innovation, including new drugs and cutting-edge treatments, produces life-saving and life-changing results, and...


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