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Results 41–60 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: Vulnerable Older People (23 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman is right, which is why we have ensured that we are putting more money into the NHS and more money into primary care, with £4.5 billion in real terms on primary medical care and community health services. It is why we commissioned Baroness Dido Harding to produce the “Interim NHS People Plan”, which she has done, and why we are working on ensuring that we have the...

Health and Social Care: King George Hospital A&E Department (23 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman will be pleased to hear that I can confirm that there will continue to be an A&E at King George Hospital, Ilford. The NHS has concluded that there is need for such provision now and in future.

Health and Social Care: King George Hospital A&E Department (23 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I am happy to confirm that.

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (23 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: My hon. Friend has campaigned on this matter for a while, and I was pleased to meet him to discuss it earlier in the year. We absolutely recognise the challenge that small acute providers face, and over the past two years the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation has been considering how we might meet that challenge. The committee has endorsed a new community services formula to reflect...

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (23 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Gentleman will know that the Government have produced an interim people plan setting out the course and the trajectory that will mean more doctors and nurses being trained. He will also know that we have opened new medical schools this year, and that more doctors are now being trained.

NHS Workforce: England — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Mrs Moon. I look forward to responding to the debate, which has been interesting, and I congratulate the hon. Member for Wolverhampton South West (Eleanor Smith) on securing it. I listened carefully to my hon. Friend the Member for St Ives (Derek Thomas). He will be pleased to know that I will be happy to write to him about podiatry; there are some...

NHS Workforce: England — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Lady will know that the CQC regime puts directives in place if staffing levels are not there. The local providers are then forced to address those issues. The accountability is there. Beyond this issue, several hon. Members talked about exactly what we are doing now. There was recognition that the Government have put in place the long-term plan and the people plan. Any reading of...

NHS Workforce: England — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I will come to the number of nurses in training and related issues in a moment, to address the hon. Lady’s comments. Associated with the long-term plan is the people plan, which clearly recognises, to reference what I said about Health Education England, the significant role of that organisation in securing the NHS workforce for the future. That is why my right hon. Friend the Secretary of...

NHS Workforce: England — [Mrs Madeleine Moon in the Chair] (17 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: The figures show an increase in applicants this year. The hon. Lady will know that there are 1.4 applications for each place, and she will have heard me say that we are creating additional clinical placements to ensure that more nursing places are available. I recognise that there has been a drop, but I hope that she applauds the 4.5% increase in applicants this year. That is key. A number of...

Business of the House: NHS Procurement and Subcontractor Exclusion (4 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: It is a pleasure to respond, and I thank the hon. Member for Bury South (Mr Lewis) for securing this debate to highlight an issue about which he rightly feels very strongly, as it affects a company in his constituency. The title of this debate highlights the two things the hon. Gentleman wants to raise. The first is the specific issue and, as I have some time, I will talk a little about...

Business of the House: NHS Procurement and Subcontractor Exclusion (4 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I want to speak about the overall process later in my speech. Having been to Nottingham to open the national procurement centre for the NHS last week, I am clear that we should have the best procurement processes in place to ensure that money from the public purse is spent wisely. That is even more important in the health service than it is in almost any other part of the public sector,...

Business of the House: NHS Procurement and Subcontractor Exclusion (4 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: To be absolutely clear, I was not suggesting that Kier had not necessarily followed best practice, and it certainly had not acted unlawfully. I was suggesting that, as I said a moment ago, we would encourage all the people who use the frameworks to ensure that there are opportunities for UK firms to be on those frameworks. Let me try to answer directly some of the hon. Gentleman’s...

Business of the House: NHS Procurement and Subcontractor Exclusion (4 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: As I said earlier in my remarks, each principal supply chain partner must make sure that their internal policies and procedures align with the requirements of the framework, but it is not for the Department to tell each principal supply partner how to set out their criteria, nor the specific processes they should use. The hon. Gentleman rightly made the point that is my Department’s...

Business of the House: NHS Procurement and Subcontractor Exclusion (4 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I am happy to give my hon. Friend that assurance. It is absolutely the commitment of the Government to ensure that small and medium-sized enterprises are not excluded from any form of public sector procurement. I am pleased to say that the Department has published an action plan to that effect. I am actually the Minister in charge of ensuring that that action plan is implemented, and I am...

Business of the House: NHS Procurement and Subcontractor Exclusion (4 Jul 2019)

Stephen Hammond: What I can say to the hon. Gentleman—he has heard me say this twice, and I am happy to have a longer discussion with him outside this debate—is that there is a process in place whereby principal supply chain partners are on the framework. If they are on that framework, they have to ensure that their policies, procedures and the criteria they intend to use align with that framework. As...

NHS Pensions — [Mr James Gray in the Chair] (26 Jun 2019)

Stephen Hammond: As ever, Mr Gray, it is a pleasure to see you in the Chair for this important debate, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Poole (Sir Robert Syms) on securing it. It is a topic that the House has previously considered, when my hon. Friend the Member for East Renfrewshire (Paul Masterton) introduced a debate on the matter. Colleagues should be reassured that the Government have...

NHS Pensions — [Mr James Gray in the Chair] (26 Jun 2019)

Stephen Hammond: Let me make it clear that not only are the changes having an impact, they are likely to continue to have an impact. I recognise that; the hon. Gentleman will hear later in my remarks that we recognise that point. My hon. Friend the Member for Poole was right to talk about the long-term plan and the cash settlement that goes with it. He was also right, though, to mention that any plan will...

NHS Pensions — [Mr James Gray in the Chair] (26 Jun 2019)

Stephen Hammond: The hon. Lady is right to make that point; as I said in my remarks about her speech, I recognise the impact on training. There is clearly concern that unless we address this matter, it will have a number of impacts, of which that is one. The hon. Member for Oxford East (Anneliese Dodds), speaking for the Opposition, rightly opened her remarks by pointing out the scale of the cost of tax...

NHS Pensions — [Mr James Gray in the Chair] (26 Jun 2019)

Stephen Hammond: The consultation is both. I recognise, as I said a few moments ago, that the 50:50 option has not received unequivocal support from the BMA, but to its great credit, it has asked us to consider that. We have come forward with this proposal. The BMA has welcomed it, but has said that it would want to discuss further options for flexibility and other pension matters. We have said that the...

NHS Pensions — [Mr James Gray in the Chair] (26 Jun 2019)

Stephen Hammond: I have listened carefully to what the hon. Lady has just said, and she will want to listen to my next remarks, but I think she will reflect on the fact that a system of annual and lifetime allowances has been in place for some time. They were first introduced by the previous Government, although there have been some changes. Whether or not she thinks it would be better to have an even simpler...


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