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Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis - Question (15 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: I completely sympathise with all those with IBD and associated conditions. The situation the noble Baroness described is exactly right and it is extremely challenging. I have particular concern for those shielding for a very long period, although I hope many of them will not be waiting long for their second vaccine. Those with all conditions have endured some waits because of Covid, but the...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (14 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The total length of protection from vaccines against COVID-19 is not yet fully understood. Vaccine developers and manufacturers continue to collect data on the performance of their vaccines. Through their surveillance strategy Public Health England (PHE) continues to assess the effectiveness of vaccines, including duration of protection. A copy of PHE’s COVID-19 vaccine surveillance...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Fraud (14 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with Google, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to help the public access to accurate National Health Service information and avoid myths and misinformation. This includes ensuring Google provides easy access to verified NHS guidance when someone searches for COVID-19; working to verify or ‘blue tick’ over 800 social media accounts belonging to NHS...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (14 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The pre-print article containing the published Sepsis Occurrence in Acutely Ill Patients study was circulated to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on 15 March 2021 and was discussed at its meeting on 16 March 2021.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (14 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The Government has no plans to publish daily data on the number of people vaccinated by the Pfizer/BioNTech and Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. Daily data on the number of people vaccinated is published in an online only format.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (14 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine is currently being filled and finished at the Wockhardt site. The Government has recently extended Wockhardt’s contract from 18 to 24 months to ensure that we have uninterrupted capability into 2022. Specific details of contract fulfillment are commercially sensitive.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (14 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) considered data on the efficacy of a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine. It concluded that a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine would remain highly effective in the weeks following administration. The JCVI’s statement Optimising the COVID-19 vaccination programme for maximum short-term impact: Short statement from the Joint Committee...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (14 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: There are no plans to establish regional telephone hotlines.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Doctors: Conditions of Employment (14 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The term ‘specialty and associate specialist’ refers to doctors employed on a number of different medical contracts. They generally require at least four years full time post-graduate training at least two of which must be in a specialty training programme. This group of staff are employed across all specialties and routinely carry out a range of medical functions appropriate to their...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (14 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: In England, more than 98% of the population are currently within 10 miles of a vaccine service. In a small number of highly rural areas, the vaccination centre will be a mobile unit. Local vaccination services can also coordinate and deliver vaccination to people who are unable to attend a vaccination site, including visiting care homes, residential facilities for people with learning...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Food: Sugar (14 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: Public Health England (PHE) oversees the voluntary sugar reduction programme on behalf of the Government. The programme challenges retailers, manufacturers and the eating out, takeaway and delivery sector to reduce the amount of sugar in foods that contribute the most to children’s intake by 20% by 2020. PHE supports industry to achieve sugar reduction through a continued programme of...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Hospitals: Parking (12 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: Free car parking for National Health Service staff was announced on 25 March 2020 for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. This remains the Government’s position and funding has been provided to trusts to support this commitment. Since October 2020, additional funding for the delivery of free staff parking is included as part of trusts’ overall systems allocation. The system funding...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Test and Trace Support Payment (9 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: Since the launch of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, the Government has taken a range of action to help ensure those eligible for the scheme receive the support that it provides. This includes providing more than £70 million of funding to local authorities to meet the costs of the scheme, with a further £39 million released at the end of February 2021; expanding the eligibility...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (8 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: Since the beginning of the vaccination programme, Public Health England (PHE) has been monitoring the effectiveness of the vaccines in the real world. PHE’s first analysis of the early effects of COVID-19 vaccination in England, using routine testing and vaccination data, was published on 1 March. The data shows effectiveness of a single dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine against...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (8 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA’s) Information for Healthcare Professionals regarding the Pfizer vaccine states that a second dose of it should be given at least 21 days after the first dose. For the AstraZeneca vaccine, the Information for Healthcare Professionals states that the second dose should be given between four and 12 weeks after the first dose....

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Andrew Pollard (8 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: Ministers have not reviewed this decision. Conflicts of interest are set out in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s (JCVI) code of practice. In order to prevent any perceived conflict of interest it was agreed that the JCVI’s Chair, Professor Andrew Pollard, who is involved in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Oxford, would recuse himself from...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (8 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The Department has regular discussions with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency regarding the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Joint Committee On Vaccination and Immunisation (8 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation usually hold main committee meetings three times a year. Due to the pandemic, the Committee have undertaken ad-hoc meetings to discuss COVID-19. The most recent meeting was held on 16 March 2021. The minutes of this meeting will be published on or before 27 April 2021. Members’ declarations of interest are published as an annex to the...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (7 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recognises that many people who are homeless or sleeping rough are likely to have underlying health conditions which would place them in priority group six. These conditions are likely to be under-diagnosed or not properly reflected in general practitioner (GP) records. The JCVI has advised that homeless people should be offered the...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (7 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: After forming a partnership with Operose Health Ltd, the contract owner AT Medics Ltd asked permission of the the North Central London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as the commissioner of the relevant services, for the transfer of the holdings to Operose Health Ltd. Such a transfer is allowed under the terms of the GP contract. In this case, there was no legal or contractual basis for...


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