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Results 261–280 of 3000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Stephen Hammond

NHS Reorganisation — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (12 Dec 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I am not ruling out private providers from bidding, but it has been made clear, and I say again, that we expect any ICP contract to be won by NHS bodies. As I said, the evidence to the Select Committee inquiry tends to support that that is our view and that is what is likely to happen. The Government have made it clear that the change is not about reorganising the NHS from the centre or...

Cat Welfare: NHS: Staffing Levels (11 Dec 2018)

Stephen Hammond: There is a commitment from the Government to produce the long-term plan before the end of the year, as the hon. Lady knows, and I have written to Dame Donna to request a meeting to discuss the RCN’s proposals.

Cat Welfare: NHS: Staffing Levels (11 Dec 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I absolutely recognise that Brexit is a pressure on the system, but we should also recognise that there are 4,367 more professionals working in the NHS from the EU than there were at the date of the referendum. It is important to put that on the record.

Cat Welfare: NHS: Staffing Levels (11 Dec 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I would give way, but I cannot—

Cat Welfare: NHS: Staffing Levels (11 Dec 2018)

Stephen Hammond: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I thank the hon. Member for Batley and Spen (Tracy Brabin) for securing this debate. As she and hon. Members who have contributed to other such debates will know, the issues she raises are very similar to those that we discussed on 21 November in the debate that the hon. Member for Ellesmere Port and Neston (Justin Madders)...

Cat Welfare: NHS: Staffing Levels (11 Dec 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I am listening carefully to my hon. Friend, and I will ensure that that work is undertaken. As I have said today and on previous occasions, the priority is to get more nurses on our wards. There are currently 52,000 nurses in training, and we have announced a policy change that will result in additional clinical placement funding to make 5,000 more training places available each year. My hon....

Southend Hospital (5 Dec 2018)

Stephen Hammond: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies, and to take part in this debate. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Southend West (Sir David Amess) and pay tribute to my hon. Friend the Member for Rochford and Southend East (James Duddridge) and my right hon. Friend the Member for Rayleigh and Wickford (Mr Francois) for their contributions. They have all raised...

Southend Hospital (5 Dec 2018)

Stephen Hammond: No, no—I was just listening very carefully to my hon. Friend’s speech.

Health and Social Care: A&E Targets (27 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: rose—

Health and Social Care: A&E Targets (27 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: Thank you very much. The Government’s mandate to NHS England for 2018-19 clearly sets out A&E performance, and it will see performance improve. So far this year 18 million more attendances have been seen within the standard, and the NHS is introducing more options for urgent patient care. Of course, as the hon. Lady will know, the extra £20 billion a year that is going into the health...

Health and Social Care: A&E Targets (27 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The NHS faces a challenging winter, but it has been planning throughout the year for this winter. It has been supported by an extra £420 million to redevelop A&Es, improve emergency care and help patients get home quicker. Those plans, more directly, include reducing the extended hospital stays we saw last year, increasing access to GP appointments and increasing the volume of cases that can...

Health and Social Care: A&E Targets (27 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: My hon. Friend has always been an assiduous advocate for his constituents and their concerns. He is right to make that case today. He is also right that, thanks to the hard-working staff in his hospital and across the country, the four-hour target continues to be met for nearly nine out of 10 patients. I will be delighted to come to Stafford.

Health and Social Care: A&E Targets (27 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. There can be no statement other than complete condemnation of attacks. We have changed the law, and it came into force earlier this month.

Health and Social Care: A&E Targets (27 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: As I said in my earlier answer, we recognise that this winter will be challenging. We recognise that the A&E performance standard is not currently being met, but, as the hon. Gentleman knows, we are investing an extra £20 billion in the NHS to ensure that the standards are met. The NHS will use that investment to treat 250,000 more patients and to improve A&E performance across the country.

Health and Social Care: Nursing Higher Education (27 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The latest UCAS data from October 2018 show that demand for nursing courses remains strong, with applications exceeding the number of places available this year. The number of acceptances to nursing and midwifery courses in 2018 is consistent with earlier years at approximately 22,000. The final data will be published in December 2018.

Health and Social Care: Nursing Higher Education (27 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State said earlier, we recognise the vital role that nurses play, and we are determined to support them. We are determined to have more nurses in training and more nurses treating patients. At the moment, a student on the loan system typically achieves 25% more in their pocket than they would have had on the bursary, but the Government recognise that...

Health and Social Care: Nursing Higher Education (27 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Lady is right that the number of trusts that currently use the levy is not as high as it should be. We hope that all will do so. It continues to be a priority for us to broaden the routes into nursing. We will address in the long-term plan the specific matter about which the hon. Lady talks.

Health and Social Care: NHS: Workforce Vacancies (27 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The NHS employs more staff now than at any other time in its 70-year history. It has recruited 18,200 more doctors and 11,000 more nurses are in our wards since 2010. NHS Improvement publishes vacancy rates using provider information. As the hon. Gentleman will know, the record investment that the Government are providing will ensure that the number of vacancies reduces.

Health and Social Care: NHS: Workforce Vacancies (27 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: I am aware that the local trust has had a number of problems and that there were a number of bed closures—both temporary and permanent —earlier this year. The trust is closely monitoring how those closures are affecting services and patients. The hon. Gentleman will know that beds are being reopened—five beds have been reopened recently—and that there is a plan to put in place the...

Health and Social Care: NHS: Workforce Vacancies (27 Nov 2018)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman will know that the Government are committed to having more nurses and more staff in training, that we are putting in place extra measures to ensure that specialities are supported through that training process and that the extra £20 billion in the long-term plan will ensure that there are the staff and nurses needed to fill those vacancies.


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