Results 21–40 of 1879 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:David Mowat

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Topical Questions (21 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: The figures for child extractions are clearly disappointing and two key actions need to take place: less sugar, which we expect the soft drinks levy to help with; and getting more fluoride on to teeth, particularly through fluoride varnishing. That has increased across the NHS over the last year, and by 12% in Birmingham. We hope that that will make a difference.

GP Indemnity Costs: England — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (15 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Turner, and I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Cheltenham (Alex Chalk) on bringing this really important subject to Westminster Hall this afternoon. The NHS spends between £1.5 billion and £2 billion a year on legal and indemnity costs. If we could find a way to spend that massive slug of money better, that would be...

GP Indemnity Costs: England — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (15 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: I thank my hon. Friend for that intervention and for the interesting comments he made. He talked about the transfer of risk due to specialisation, which is an interesting concept. I will push back a little on that, however. Of the £50 billion of reserve that the NHS needs to hold for legal cases and compensation payments into the future, the vast majority is around maternity, because the...

GP Indemnity Costs: England — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (15 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: I had forgotten to talk about MOD locums. My hon. Friend raised that issue, and I do not know the answer, but I will write to him and give him the information he needs, and he can talk to his wife about that. I was surprised by that example. I am sure that between the various parts of the Government, we can get an answer. In the hour available to me, I will discuss in more detail the...

GP Indemnity Costs: England — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (15 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: I will not be dragged into the issue of community pharmacists other than to say they are extremely valued and have a major part to play as we integrate them with the clinical pharmacists working in GP practices. I will simply say, since the hon. Lady has raised it, the Government are committed to getting community pharmacists to move into a much more service-oriented way of working. We will...

GP Indemnity Costs: England — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (15 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: The two consultations will take 12 weeks. In a sense, my hon. Friend’s question is false. I do not think there will ever be a final solution because we are trying to reconcile two powerful forces: the need for access to justice and equity for people damaged through negligence and the need to be fair to our NHS. There will always be issues that evolve. The discount rate, for example,...

GP Indemnity Costs: England — [Mr Andrew Turner in the Chair] (15 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: Those are all fair points, but in the GP forward view we have said that GPs will not bear the cost of increased indemnity—the Government will; and that is a commitment that we are holding to. The increased costs incurred last year are being paid through the GP contract, following the discussions that we have had with the BMA, and the cost of that to the Government for this year is...

Primary Care: North Essex — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (14 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate the hon. Member for Clacton (Mr Carswell) both on obtaining the debate and on the lucid way he put forward his case. I thank my hon. Friends the Members for Colchester (Will Quince) and for Harwich and North Essex (Mr Jenkin) for their points, which I will try to answer. There is an issue with the number of GPs...

Primary Care: North Essex — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (14 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: My hon. Friend may be relieved to hear that Colchester general hospital is not in my portfolio, but I will speak to my ministerial colleagues about it being a pilot and write to him.

Primary Care: North Essex — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (14 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: All money goes into the health service through NHS England, which used to be called the NHS Commissioning Board. The money is then given to the CCGs around the country to spend. In terms of a funding formula and so on, there are some specific primary care initiatives, including infrastructure-based ones for new premises and things of that type, and specific ones, which I am about to talk...

Social Care (Liverpool) (7 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: I thank all those who have spoken in the debate. This is a serious subject, and we have had a number of serious contributions. I will answer some of the points that have been made, before talking more generally about the Government’s approach to adult social care, both now and for the remainder of this Parliament. I congratulate the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside (Mrs Ellman) on...

Social Care (Liverpool) (7 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: I was just making the point that the figure the hon. Member for Liverpool, Riverside used was £130 million and the figure I have is £194 million. I accept that that number is not for today, and I also accept, as I have said many times in the Chamber, that the social care system is under pressure throughout the country, and Liverpool is part of that.

Social Care (Liverpool) (7 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: Today is not Budget day. I accept that the systems are under pressure. The precept has raised something, and Liverpool’s budget for social care is increasing next year, but it is fair to ask whether it is increasing enough given the pressures we are under—that is a reasonable point. My point about the £194 million figure was in response what was said earlier. Although I and...

Social Care (Liverpool) (7 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: The hon. Gentleman mentioned some councils that were in the south and I picked some that were not, but fair enough—I accept his point. He mentioned that, depending on the result of his election, he would have a summit. I would be delighted to attend, if he were to invite me—although who knows where I will be by then.

Social Care (Liverpool) (7 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: Indeed. On Thursday, I am going to Liverpool to give a talk at a care conference. I would be very happy during that visit to come along and talk to the council about some of the issues raised here today. As the hon. Gentleman rightly said, I am sure that the Government can learn from Liverpool. Frankly, we can all learn from each other. When I went to Whiston hospital and saw discharges to St...

Social Care (Liverpool) (7 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: I thought that I had said that I agree with the hon. Lady that it would be wrong to punish those that are doing better. She mentioned that Knowsley is one of the stronger councils in that regard; St Helens is even stronger. It would be completely wrong if that were the basis of the allocation. Frankly, that is not my understanding. I want to talk a little about what the Government plan to do...

Social Care (Liverpool) (7 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: That is a fair challenge. We have a plan, and we are implementing it in that process. Winterbourne View was about seven years ago now. I have met a number of parents of the children affected and there has been a lot of pressure from them to go as far and as fast as we can. I make the point that every one of those facilities is a project of its own in terms of finding other accommodation and...

Social Care (Liverpool) (7 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: Mr Hollobone, are we finishing at 6.18?

Social Care (Liverpool) (7 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: I beg your pardon. I will finish at 6.15. I saw the programme, and it gave us great food for thought. It is a Government priority to get those people moved. We have done some 1,500, but yes, there are 3,000 left in places like the one in Northampton, and it is not good enough. It is a long process, and it is not something that any of us from either side of the House can do just by clicking...

Motion Made, and Question Put Forthwith (Standing Order No. 83a(7)),: Young-onset Parkinson’s Disease (6 Mar 2017)

David Mowat: Let me start by congratulating the hon. Member for Torfaen (Nick Thomas-Symonds) on his speech, which the former Minister, my hon. Friend the Member for North Swindon (Justin Tomlinson), called an important one. It is just that, as this is an important subject. It is salutary to think that it is 200 years since this terrible disease was first discovered and we are still some way off finding...


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