Results 1501–1520 of 1639 for speaker:Alex Norris

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.

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...

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 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 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 126 - Hospital food standards (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move amendment 137, in clause 126, page 107, line 18, leave out “hospital”. This amendment would make the power to impose food standards applicable to all premises within the remit of the Care Quality Commission, rather than just hospitals.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 126 - Hospital food standards (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to speak on the important topic of hospital food standards. We very much support the substance of the clause, and its inclusion in the Bill. What we consume before, during and after we engage with a hospital can have a profound impact and long-lasting effects on the ailment that brought us there, and affects our experience while we are there. Even prior to being in hospital,...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 126 - Hospital food standards (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I appreciate the Minister’s response. I understand that the genesis of the clause was a hospital setting. The case that the Minister mentioned was exceptionally serious, and it is right that action was taken, but I feel that there is a slight lack of ambition to say that the activity must stop at hospitals—it is a slightly blinkered approach. I heard the point that extending the provision...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 126 - Hospital food standards (26 Oct 2021)

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

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 127 - Food information for consumers: power to amend retained EU law (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: The Minister and I have had these Brexit-type statutory instruments time and time again, so I am not going to get too involved in the conversations that we have had. As we said in the discussion on clause 146, we would like to see greater safeguards. We are glad about the use of the affirmative procedure but we do not think that there is a strong mandate for Ministers to march across the...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 128 - Fluoridation of water supplies (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move amendment 149, in clause 128, page 108, line 22, at end insert— “(za) in subsection (3)(a)(i), after “Secretary of State” insert “or relevant local authority”;” The Bill removes the ability of local authorities to commence fluoridation schemes and gives that ability to the Secretary of State. This amendment, together with Amendment 150, seeks to allow local...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 128 - Fluoridation of water supplies (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am really pleased that we have reached clauses 128 and 129, on fluoridation of water supplies. This is something that I am personally very enthusiastic about, so I want to make a few points on it. Fluoridation is a very important venture. Oral ill health can be a hidden and very personal but insidious ailment. It is the single biggest reason for hospital admission among our children. A 2015...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 128 - Fluoridation of water supplies (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for that intervention; I was going to turn to that issue next. Not only have opportunities been missed over the last decade to invest in oral health, but we are actually going backwards. Supervised tooth brushing and other high-quality evidence-based interventions, such as the models that the hon. Member mentioned, have disappeared because of this Government’s cuts to the...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: Clause 128 - Fluoridation of water supplies (26 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I take the Minister’s point about current powers. I agree that they are clearly at the wrong level, because these schemes simply are not coming through, so the system is obviously not working. As I say, I would rather we added what we are putting in the Bill today to what we already have, but I have probably made my point, so I do not intend to press amendments 149 or 150 to a Division. The...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will publish an update on the rollout of a third primary dose of covid-19 vaccination for people with severe immunosuppression.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 62 - Pharmaceutical services: remuneration in respect of vaccines etc (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to serve again with you in the Chair, Mrs Murray. As I said yesterday, we are grateful for the Minister writing with his explanation of this and the other new clauses ahead of time. That was helpful. As the Minister explained in his letter, the new clause will simplify and safeguard the process of remuneration where the Government centrally procures vaccines, immunisations or...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 1 - Prohibition of virginity testing (27 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 1 - Prohibition of virginity testing (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I want to speak to new clause 1 in my name and seemingly in the name of half the House. With pleasure, we have reached the new clauses. A central theme runs through the new clauses that my colleagues and I have tabled. If the Government are adamant that now is the time for this Bill, and we have well-established issues with that, then given the significant and growing challenges facing health...


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