Results 1521–1540 of 1819 for speaker:Alex Norris

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 14 - Appropriate consent to transplantation activities when travelling abroad (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: In speaking to these new clauses, I stand on the shoulders of the inestimable work done in this place by my hon. Friend the Member for St Helens South and Whiston (Ms Rimmer) and in the other place by the noble Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, who is with us for a little while longer before he has an oral question to dispose of in the other place. I note my thanks to them for their leadership. I...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 14 - Appropriate consent to transplantation activities when travelling abroad (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful to the Minister for his full reply. I do not intend to stress the consensus we have by dividing the Committee. He has given others who may want to look at this at a later stage quite a bit to go at. On resolving the point made in new clause 14, I heard what the Minister said about the scattering of the different parts across the statute book, but a judgment may have to be made...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 14 - Appropriate consent to transplantation activities when travelling abroad (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: That is a very kind offer and I am almost certainly going to avail myself of it. On that basis, I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 19 - Secretary of State’s duty to provide access to occupational health services to NHS staff (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. The past 18 months have made clearer than ever the health risks that our health workers face at work, as they have dealt with unprecedented pressures during the pandemic. Occupational health is a multidisciplinary approach to maintaining the wellbeing of those employed in a workplace, preventing and removing ill health and developing...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 19 - Secretary of State’s duty to provide access to occupational health services to NHS staff (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for that response. I do not intend to push this new clause to a Division. I have made my case about the importance of occupational health, and I understand what the Minister said about the broader range of interventions. Of course, we would support those, too, but particularly here, we really need to get to the point of having full coverage. Only NHS England has committed to...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 27 - Duty as to workforce and training innovation (27 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Kingswood on his excellent new clauses and the case that he has made for them. We strongly agree that the training and development of staff ought to be to the fore. We must take the opportunity of understanding that we have a workforce crisis at a time of significant technological development. Take cancer services, for example. We are all concerned...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 29 - Health warnings on cigarettes and cigarette papers (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: It is a pleasure to resume proceedings with you in the Chair, Mr Bone. I commend my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham for her new clauses and the powerful case she made for them, but also for her leadership in the all-party parliamentary group on smoking and health, alongside the hon. Member for Harrow East (Bob Blackman). I know it is a truly impactful APPG and I have always been...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 29 - Health warnings on cigarettes and cigarette papers (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I do share that view, particularly around children. Our preference would be for them to never start. There should not be packages with cartoons and child-friendly descriptors to develop a market among children. I think there would be a high level of consensus on that. In that spirit, new clause 32 addresses an incredible loophole, which I cannot believe anybody thinks is a good idea. If the...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 42 - Alcohol product labelling (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. I welcome the Government’s commitment to bring forth a consultation on introducing calorie labelling on alcohol products, for which we have been calling for some time, but I do not think there is a need to wait for this to be introduced in order for alcohol products to display the chief medical officer’s low-risk drinking guidelines,...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 42 - Alcohol product labelling (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful for that intervention. I would certainly not talk down including the very broad messages that the hon. Lady mentions; I know that in an overwhelming number of cases that is available, but, as she says, that is not enough. People are conscious of that message and we should keep reinforcing it, but the jump-off point is, “So what? What am I going to do differently, or what do I...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 42 - Alcohol product labelling (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I am grateful to the Minister for his response. Any measure, as with that in the new clause moved by my hon. Friend the Member for City of Durham, again relies on us waiting for consultation. It feels like an awful lot of consultation, which is of course an important part of doing the process right, but we should never confuse it with action. We have spent an awful lot of time in this space,...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 43 - Annual report on alcohol treatment services: assessment of outcomes (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. The new clause would put a duty on the Secretary of State to make an annual statement on the spend on, and impact of, alcohol treatment services. Each day in the UK, 70 people die of alcohol-related causes. Alcohol is linked to 200 different diseases and injuries and costs the NHS £3.5 billion each year. Good alcohol treatment is...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 43 - Annual report on alcohol treatment services: assessment of outcomes (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I cannot quite accept that answer from the Minister. I understand the significant work that he talks about, and the different places where data is available. Those things tell us what is going on; they do not tell us why, and what we intend to do about it as a country. As a result, I do not think that is delivering for us, and we see that in the very difficult outcomes. On that basis, I am...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 44 - Directors of public health (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. It is a pleasure to resume our consideration with you in the Chair, Ms Elliott. The new clause is in my name and those of my colleagues. If we think about the pandemic and the last 18 months, we will have various views on all sorts of things that have gone on during that period, but I think that one thing that we would be of one mind on is...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Care Bill: New Clause 44 - Directors of public health (28 Oct 2021)

Alex Norris: I certainly did not intend to add complexity; I was hoping for clarity and consistency. Nevertheless, as the Minister says, those roles are currently functioning effectively, so I will not divide the Committee. I would say to the Minister and his colleagues, however, that we need a real watching brief on this matter, because assuming that the Bill continues its onward journey and establishes...

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...

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 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,...


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