Results 161–180 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

Clinical Commissioning: North Durham (23 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: I will make a little bit more progress and let the hon. Gentleman in later. This is about stopping inappropriate treatment; it is absolutely not about rationing. If it was about rationing, the whole referral management system would not have been first introduced by the last Labour Government. I think it is incredible that that point has not come across more strongly. One of the concerns is...

Clinical Commissioning: North Durham (23 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: I was going to come to the point about consultation—I do not have a great deal of time left now. It is right to say there was no consultation on this, and that is because this is an administrative process change. There is no service change—

Clinical Commissioning: North Durham (23 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: We are clearly not going to agree on this point, but there is no service change in what is being done. Motion lapsed ( Standing Order No. 10(6)). Sitting suspended.

Self Care Week — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (22 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: First, I congratulate the right hon. Member for Rother Valley (Sir Kevin Barron) both on leading the charge on this issue and on his work in the APPG. This has been a shortish debate, but there were very good speeches from all hon. Members. In fact, I agreed with much if not all of the speech given by the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson), and...

Social Care (16 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: We have had a good debate, with a number of very good speeches from both sides of the House. I will try to respond to the points, or the themes of those points, that have been made. First, I want to address the accusations, made by Labour Members, of criminal behaviour in relation to the minimum wage not being adhered to. If such evidence exists—I think the hon. Members for Sheffield...

Social Care (16 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: We are not having the autumn statement today, and we are not going to give a commentary on what will come out of the autumn statement. We—the Secretary of State and I—have accepted that the care system is under pressure. I was just making the point that other countries spend less, and that we need to spend every penny we can as effectively and as well as we can. During the course...

Social Care (16 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: Let me make some progress, and I shall give way again later. Another theme has been closure. Several Members have talked about contracts being handed back, and there is a bit of that going on in both domiciliary care and care homes. Let me put on record the fact that the number of bed places in care and nursing homes is broadly the same as it was five years ago. There has been no reduction....

Delegated Legislation: Leaving the EU: NHS Funding (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: I congratulate the hon. Member for Streatham (Mr Umunna) on securing the debate, and on the points that he made. Like him, I voted and campaigned for the remain side, and, like him, I accept the result. I am now part of a Government who are responsible for delivering what was democratically decided by the British people. I should say at the outset, however, that I am speaking today for the...

Delegated Legislation: Leaving the EU: NHS Funding (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: Nobody in this House would be more pleased than I if we did not have the PFI millstone around our neck. The hon. Lady talks of renegotiation; this is real money, and these are real contracts that were signed more or less entirely by the last Labour Government. There is no magic wand that enables us to just to set those PFI contracts aside, although I wish there was; that is not how the...

Delegated Legislation: Leaving the EU: NHS Funding (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: The hon. Gentleman mentions social care, and that is fair. It is funded separately to the NHS, and the budgets are separate. During the course of this Parliament the social care budget will increase in real terms. I do accept that the social care system is under pressure, but there is a massive disparity in performance in social care between councils. The top 10% of councils are about 20 to...

Delegated Legislation: Leaving the EU: NHS Funding (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: Just for the record, I am not saying that this Government will not meet it. All I can say is that this Government have yet to decide how they will spend any bonus that comes from any rebate we get. This will all depend on the precise negotiations that take place and the precise type of exit that we make from the EU. Nobody in this Chamber knows the answers to those questions. For example, we...

Delegated Legislation: Leaving the EU: NHS Funding (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: Had I been writing something on the side of the bus, and had I been campaigning on that cause in the referendum, I might have been more circumspect. I might have said that £350 million could become available and could be spent on whatever the Government’s priorities were, one of which was very likely to be the NHS. I hope that that satisfies the hon. Gentleman.

Delegated Legislation: Leaving the EU: NHS Funding (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: I want to make some progress in the debate, although I understand that I have until 7.30. We have mentioned the payments to the EU, and there is also the point about staff. Another point that has not been mentioned—I shall mention it for completeness—is that there will be an impact on EU institutions. For example, the European Medicines Agency is located in London, which is of...

Delegated Legislation: Leaving the EU: NHS Funding (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: It is not for me to make that specific guarantee. The Prime Minister clearly said that she hopes and expects them to remain. It is disappointing that a similarly strong statement has not been made by any Head of State in any other European country. It is also right that we do more to train more of our own nurses and doctors—not because we need to replace people from the EU, but because...

Delegated Legislation: Leaving the EU: NHS Funding (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: My hon. Friend uses the word “fairer”, and of course we do have staff from other parts of the world. I will be honest and say that part of me has difficulty with this country taking large numbers of doctors and nurses from places such as Nigeria and others parts of Africa that need them more than we do. So it is right that we try to train more of the people that we need in these...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Cancer Referral Times (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: The figures for times between referral and treatment are published against the standard whereby 85% of patients should begin treatment within 62 days of GP referral. The September 2016 figures were 69% for bowel cancer and 75% for ovarian cancer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Cancer Referral Times (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: There are eight cancer standards for waiting times and we are consistently meeting seven of them, as we did in September. The right hon. Lady is right to say that the 62-day waiting time has been challenging, and that has an impact on bowel cancer and ovarian cancer. It is also true, though, that one-year, five-year and 10-year survival rates for bowel and ovarian cancer are improving...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Cancer Referral Times (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: My hon. Friend is quite right: research, in the end, is the way we will beat cancer. This country is ahead of all countries in the world in terms of the number of trials going on, including the US. The voluntary sector, including the charity to which he refers, makes a big impact and I congratulate it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Cancer Referral Times (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: I certainly agree with the hon. Gentleman that two hours is a long time. His is a large constituency and I am very happy to look at his specific point and to revert to the House.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Cancer Referral Times (15 Nov 2016)

David Mowat: My hon. Friend is right to say that one of the big issues with ovarian cancer—we talked about this earlier—is that early diagnosis does not happen as quickly as it should. It is true that the cervical cancer test could raise awareness of ovarian cancer. We are looking at the issue and will revert to the House.


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