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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health: Disadvantaged (23 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: The Department commissioned a review of trends in mortality in England which was published in 2018. This concluded that the overall slowdown in improvement in mortality trends, evident in many other countries, was likely due to number of factors operating across a wide range of age groups, geographies and causes of death. The Department publishes and monitors data on trends and disparities in...

NHS: Dementia Commission Report - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: We welcome the Dementia Commission: 2023 Report and are taking steps to address each of the recommendations. The Government remain committed to improving dementia diagnosis rates and providing high-quality care and support following a diagnosis. The Government have committed to double funding for dementia research to £160 million per year by the end of 2024-25. We welcome all research that...

NHS: Dementia Commission Report - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: I thank the noble Baroness for this Question. As ever, I have found that one of the real strengths of being in this position is that the questioning here makes me explore an area. This has been another area which I have enjoyed and found fascinating. Early detection is absolutely key, and what I have been learning from that is that, yes, we need to arm primary care staff and a potentially...

NHS: Dementia Commission Report - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: My Lords, I thank my noble friend, who is absolutely right. This is where things such as the Barbara Windsor Dementia Mission have been successful in raising awareness, as she states. The challenge in all this, as I have learned, is that because it is such a slow-moving disease it is difficult to see how it progresses. Apparently, it has one of the lowest failure rates in terms of drugs...

NHS: Dementia Commission Report - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: Yes, that is a very good point. For me, as I have looked into this, the reason for assembling the panel that we can all interrogate is that we have the value of different noble Lords in this House who can add those points to it. What the noble Lord said sounds sensible. The honest answer is that I do not know whether there is such a person today, but let us use this as an opportunity to find...

NHS: Dementia Commission Report - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: As ever, my colleague the noble Lord is correct. The blood biomarkers are central to this. We have set up the NIHR biomarker challenge to try to understand those, and my understanding is that a Swedish blood test is quite promising. NICE is bound to approve the two early-stage drugs that the noble Lord mentioned over the summer, in July and September, but then we need to look at scale-up...

NHS: Dementia Commission Report - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: My noble friend is correct; I did not see reference in my noble friend Lord O’Shaughnessy’s report to music therapy either. I am familiar with some of the principles behind it. My personal experience myself with the elderly dementia patient that I cared for was that bringing my five year-old son along took them out of their position and made them care for that child and forget about...

NHS: Dementia Commission Report - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: We have set out a dementia good care planning guide to exactly those commissioners because, as ever, we need uniformity in these areas. Part of the strength of ICBs is that they have freedom to deliver local services, but we have to make sure that they are always achieving at least the minimum levels that the noble Lord referred to. That is what the guidelines are about, and we are setting...

NHS: Dementia Commission Report - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: The noble Baroness is correct that the science is unfortunately not there yet. That is why we are investing £160 million a year in research, because more needs to be done. In the meantime, and I suspect for ever, we will need to make sure that support networks are around this space, and the voluntary care sector, for want of a better phrase, is a vital part of that. We are making moves...

NHS: Dementia Commission Report - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: Again, everything that can add to our knowledge has to be a good thing.

NHS: Dementia Commission Report - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: There is recognition in all these things that the workplace has a role here. I have looked at treatments and outcomes in the G7 countries, and Japan is often a good example of having care in the workplace, as my noble friend is aware. As so often, it is about making people realise that this is everyone’s problem to deal with. I will do more work to understand what we are doing to arm...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Stem Cells: Transplant Surgery (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: The Department's stem cell programme is providing £2.4 million of funding for the period 2022-25. The programme is being delivered by NHS Blood and Transplant and Anthony Nolan. It aims to enhance the resilience of the UK's stem cell supply by strategically recruiting donors, particularly those most likely to donate, and to address health disparities through targeted campaigns, with a focus...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health Services: Transgender People (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: No discussions have been had with the Royal College of General Practitioners about the cancellation of a clinical conference organised by the Clinical Advisory Network on Sex and Gender.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Gastrointestinal Cancer (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: The Elective Recovery Plan sets out the ambition to see 75% of patients who have been urgently referred by their general practice for suspected cancer be diagnosed, or have cancer ruled out, within 28 days by March 2024, and the National Health Service remains on course to meet this. This is an aggregate measure which covers all cancer types combined, and there are not separate targets for...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Medical Equipment: Regulation (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: The Department, in collaboration with our national partners including Health Technology Wales, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, NHS England, and the Scottish Health Technology Group, announced the eight technologies that will partake in the Innovative Devices Access Pathway (IDAP) pilot on 14 February 2024. The...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Medical Equipment: Regulation (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: The Innovative Devices Access Pathway (IDAP) is currently in the pilot stage and has been restricted to eight technologies to ensure the selected products derive the maximum benefit from their inclusion. A core aspect of the pilot is to develop the tools provided by the partner organisations, which will then in turn benefit other technologies going forward. The pilot will provide...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Air Pollution: Health (22 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: The Government is dedicated to supporting research into dementia and has committed to doubling the funding for dementia research to £160 million per year, by the end of 2024/25. The Department, through the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), is supporting research in exploring the link between dementia and air pollution. An NIHR funded study identified that exposure to...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: General Practitioners (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: Data prior to 2013 is not available. The following table shows the number of open practices and newly opened practices, including branches, each September from 2013 to September 2023, the most recent period for which data is available: Year Open practices Newly opened practices 2013 9,577 51 2014 9,559 63 2015 9,646 154 2016 9,540 99 2017 9,460 118 2018 9,463...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Office for Health Improvement and Disparities: Staff (21 Feb 2024)

Lord Markham: The latest available data, as of the end of December 2023, shows that there were 777 full time equivalent employees in the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (OHID). As part of an internal restructure within the Department on 1 February 2024, all OHID staff were integrated into the groups of three Directors General, under the clinical and professional leadership of the Deputy Chief...


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