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Results 181–200 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

Health and Social Care: STPs: Five-year Workforce Plans (26 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: Workforce is a key priority for the Government, which is why my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State asked Baroness Dido Harding to develop an interim workforce implementation plan for the spring, including a 2019-20 action plan. It is right that local leaders and clinicians should be empowered to shape the services they need, which is why NHS Improvement has written to all system...

Health and Social Care: STPs: Five-year Workforce Plans (26 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman asked a number of questions there. It is true that the NHS has recently asked all sustainability and transformation partnerships and integrated care systems to create new five-year plans by autumn 2019 setting out how they are going to transform services. He will know that mental health is a priority in the long-term plan, and that we are expanding the number of places for...

Health and Social Care: STPs: Five-year Workforce Plans (26 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: My hon. Friend has already mentioned several such ideas and I would be happy to meet him to discuss them.

Health and Social Care: STPs: Five-year Workforce Plans (26 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman is right: early diagnosis of cancer is vital for successful outcomes. The Government are absolutely committed to a cancer workforce with the skills and expertise to ensure that 75% of all cancers are diagnosed early, not just the top 10. As I have said several times, that is why we asked Baroness Dido Harding to develop a detailed workforce plan to ensure that that can be...

Health and Social Care: STPs: Five-year Workforce Plans (26 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: My hon. Friend has been a champion of this cause for a long time, raising the matter on the Floor of the House several times. He can be assured that, as I said to the hon. Member for City of Chester (Christian Matheson), Baroness Harding has been asked to bring forward detailed plans for the cancer workforce in her implementation plan.

Health and Social Care: STPs: Five-year Workforce Plans (26 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: The Department of course takes such things seriously. My hon. Friend the Minister of State for Care met Baroness Harding last week to discuss how to ensure that there are nurses and carers to help people with learning disabilities. The money that has been promised to make that possible comes in the new financial year, which starts next week.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (26 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I commend my hon. Friend for his commitment to raising the local priorities of his constituents and for the campaigning he does on behalf of the local NHS. I think that these plans are best worked through by the local NHS. However, if he would like, I would be happy to meet him to discuss the concerns that he has on behalf of his constituents.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (26 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman will know that, in the winter funding round, extra ambulances were provided across the whole country. I am happy to meet him and discuss his proposals, which I will then consider carefully.

Backbench Business - Services for People with Autismbackbench Business: Valproate Pregnancy Prevention Programme (21 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: It is a pleasure to respond to this debate on behalf of the Government, and it is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Lancaster and Fleetwood (Cat Smith), who has secured an important debate. I wish to pay tribute to her and her constituents from INFACT, whom she mentioned. The hon. Lady has rightly set out that, as Members of this House will be aware, valproate is a very effective...

Leaving the EU: Health and Social Care — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair this morning, Mr Bone. I will start by addressing the remark by the hon. Member for Burnley (Julie Cooper). She should know that the whole of the Department of Health and Social Care, and indeed the whole of the Government, are absolutely committed to ensuring that there are in place detailed plans, which I hope I will be able to outline and reassure...

Leaving the EU: Health and Social Care — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I will not take an intervention. If the hon. Lady listens carefully to my remarks, she will understand why some of us feel that her charge was unfair.

Leaving the EU: Health and Social Care — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I am about to, if the hon. Lady will give me time, which is why I will not take her intervention. The hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) asked about NHS investment. He knows, of course, about the increase in cash terms of £33.9 billion by 2023-24, which reflects, as I said at the outset, our top priority. He also challenged me about the cancer workforce. Baroness Dido Harding, the...

Leaving the EU: Health and Social Care — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I reassure the hon. Lady that we have been working since last August to ensure that companies understand the routes available to maintain continuity of supply, including air freight routes. We will ensure the potential use of those alternative shipping or air freight routes because, as she rightly points out, these are short-life products. The worst-case scenario—no deal—has been looked...

Leaving the EU: Health and Social Care — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: Had the hon. Lady joined me in walking through the Lobby to vote for the withdrawal agreement—so that Brexit would happen on 29 March and leaving without a deal would be impossible—she would know that all the arrangements currently in place would pertain. We are talking about arrangements for a no-deal situation, which I and the Government certainly hope will not happen. These...

Leaving the EU: Health and Social Care — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: There are so many issues that I could tackle in the next three minutes. However, as the hon. Gentleman will have seen, the long-term plan has ambitions to ensure that there are new routes into nursing and that there are extra doctor training places. I said in response to the hon. Member for Strangford that we have commissioned Baroness Harding to start a workforce implementation plan. I...

Leaving the EU: Health and Social Care — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (19 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman ought to be absolutely clear: we are not advising people to stockpile medicines. That is alarmist, and he should not be saying it. That is not what the Government are doing.

Integrated Care Regulations (18 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: Although we oppose the motion, I welcome the opportunity to debate the regulations. The NHS long-term plan, which was published in January, set out a clear blueprint for fully integrated community health in the NHS for the first time in its history. The plan highlighted the intention to dissolve the historical distinction between primary and community health services and to break down the...

Integrated Care Regulations (18 Mar 2019)

Stephen Hammond: As the hon. Lady knows, this has been subject to considerable scrutiny. It has been scrutinised by the Health and Social Care Committee, as she has already heard from its Chairman. She will also have heard that it has been subject to a number of other scrutiny processes, including judicial reviews.


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