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Cancer

Cancer survival rates in the UK have never been higher, however, I am aware that there is still more to be done. The Government is working with the NHS, charities and patient groups to deliver the new cancer strategy developed by the independent Cancer Taskforce. By 2020, everyone urgently referred with a suspicion of cancer will receive…

Local Pharmacies

I have recently received a number of campaign cards and e-mails about pharmacy funding. Given my time as Minister for Public Health, I understand the importance of local pharmacies, and think it is right that they are given a bigger role in NHS primary care. The ‘Five Year Forward View’ plan promises to update the…

Mental Health

I agree that tackling poor mental health in the UK must be a priority and Ministers have legislated to ensure it is treated with the same importance as physical health. Progress is being made with more Government investment in mental health than ever before and an estimated 1,400 more people accessing mental health services every…

Stem Cell Donation and Availability

It is very important to increase the number of stem cell (cord blood and bone marrow) donors in the UK and so I welcome the vital work undertaken by Anthony Nolan. When I was the Minister for Public Health I had responsibility for this invaluable work and I am a proud supporter of Anthony Nolan.…

Stroke Strategy

Thank you for contacting me about support for stroke survivors. I know that good progress has been made in the treatment of stroke in recent years, with mortality rates decreasing. Decisions on whether the National Stroke Strategy should be renewed are a matter for NHS England. However, I am aware that action continues to be taken to ensure that further progress…

Accountable Care Organisations

I appreciate your concern about Accountable Care Organisations. Currently, people’s different needs are looked after by different health and care organisations. That can make it harder than it needs to be for them to get the best care. This is why the NHS wants to bring these things together, so people’s care is more joined…

Dementia Care

Thank you for contacting me about dementia care. I can assure you that dementia is a priority for the Government. In 2015, the Challenge on Dementia 2020 was launched and I know that the Government remains committed to delivering this. This sets out the vision for dementia care, support, awareness, and research to be transformed…

Hospital Parking Charges

Thank you for contacting me about hospital parking charges. I agree with you that patients and their families should not have to deal with the added stress of unfair parking charges, at what is already an extremely difficult time. That is why I am glad that the Department of Health has published a clear set…

Medical Use of Cannabis

Herbal Cannabis Substantial scientific evidence shows cannabis is a harmful drug that can damage human health, and there are no plans to legalise cannabis as it would not address the harm to individuals and communities. The latest evidence from the independent Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is that the use of cannabis is…

Organ Donation

Thank you for contacting me about organ donation. I welcome the Government’s efforts to encourage organ donation across the country, and believe that significant progress has been made. Last year 500 people died waiting for a transplant because a suitable organ was not available. To address this challenge, the Prime Minister recently announced proposals to…

Cost of Pharmaceutical Drugs to the NHS

Thank you for contacting me about the cost of pharmaceutical drugs to the NHS. I fully appreciate your concerns and I would like to assure you that the Government is committed to paying a fair price for medicines used in the NHS. Where companies exploit the NHS by charging higher prices, this money cannot be…

Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine

Thank you for contacting me about the nasal spray flu vaccine. Flu immunisation is a key part of the Government’s immunisation programme. I agree that safety is paramount and this programme is based on the advice and recommendations of the independent Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). In 2012, the JCVI recommended that the…

Arthritis

Treatment and Diagnosis To help clinicians to identify the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and make prompt referrals to specialists, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published guidelines in 2009. This best practice guideline sets out the signs and symptoms of the disease and emphasises the need for early diagnosis, with urgent…

Adult Social Care

Thank you for contacting me about adult social care. I believe we must all receive dignified care in old age. With an ageing population, this is one of the biggest challenges our country faces. I support the Government’s commitment to making sure this country works for everyone and that the most vulnerable in society gain…

NHS Mandate

Thank you for contacting me about the NHS mandate and waiting times targets for the coming year. As our population ages, demand for the NHS continues to rise. I would like to commend the dedication and compassion of our NHS staff, and assure you that the Government is taking clear steps to support the NHS,…

Childhood Obesity

Thank you for contacting me about the Government’s plan to tackle childhood obesity. With nearly a third of children aged two to fifteen overweight or obese, I agree that this is an important issue to tackle. I am delighted that the Government has launched a far-reaching plan to curb childhood obesity, which urges industry to cut…

ME and EDM 1247

Thank you for contacting me about ME/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). I know that this can be a painful and extremely debilitating condition, impacting on the quality of life of an individual. I welcome ME Awareness Week, and I hope it helps more people understand this condition, which can be so frustrating and distressing for many.…

Long Term NHS Funding

Thank you for contacting me about how to fund the NHS in the future. Four generations of my family have worked for the NHS so its particularly dear to my heart. I have used it throughout my life – notably when both my daughters were born at the QMC. I fully support Government plans to provide…

Privatisation and the NHS

Thank you for contacting me about private sector involvement in the NHS. I believe fully in the NHS and its values and the Government is committed to protecting the NHS and that is why NHS spending has increased and Ministers have guaranteed that it will always provide treatment free at the point of need, regardless…

Epilepsy and TSC

Thank you for contacting me about epilepsy.  It is vital that our NHS supports people affected by epilepsy, estimated at between 362,000 and 415,000 across England, to live healthy, independent lives. Prompt diagnosis, treatment and seizure control are key to achieving high quality outcomes for patients with epilepsy, which is why I welcome the action…

Lung Disease

Thank you for contacting me about lung disease. There are currently no plans to set up a taskforce on lung health. However, I know that the Government has instructed NHS England to achieve a significant reduction in avoidable deaths by 2020. Reducing premature mortality rates among patients with lung disease will play an important part…

Eating Disorders

Thank you for contacting me about eating disorders. I recognise the huge pain and distress caused by eating disorders, such as anorexia, the mental illness which kills more people than any other. Eating disorders primarily affect the young, and often prove to be family, as well as personal, tragedies if left untreated. However, with the…

Marie Curie’s Dying at Home Campaign

I agree that it is incredibly important to respect the wishes of terminally ill people, and enable them to come to the end of their lives in their own home where possible. I hope I can assure you that the Government is making every effort to help people die at home if they want to…

Reforms to the Health Education System

Thank you for contacting me about reforms to the health education system. While there are over 13,000 more nurses on wards since 2010, more remains to be done to boost the training of nurses in the NHS. Nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (AHPs) are absolutely essential to our NHS, and I firmly believe that…

Multiple Sclerosis

Thank you for contacting me about multiple sclerosis.  With more than 100,000 people across the UK diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, please let me assure you that helping those suffering from this condition to lead as normal lives as possible remains a key commitment of the NHS.  As I understand, diagnosis in the early stages of…

Diana Johnson’s Abortion Bill

Thank you for taking the time to write to me about Diana Johnson’s Abortion Bill. I appreciate your views on this matter but I believe that abortion is a matter for women and their doctors, not the criminal justice system. I fully support the decriminalisation of abortion. I voted for this Bill which would change…

NHS Waiting Times

Thank you for contacting me NHS waiting times. As our population ages, demand for the NHS continues to rise. I would like to commend the dedication compassion of our NHS staff, and assure you that the Government is taking clear steps to support the NHS, and ensure it offers the world’s finest healthcare. I appreciate…

Motor Neurone Disease

Thank you for contacting me about support for people with motor neurone disease (MND). Please allow me to assure you that ensuring early diagnosis and support for those living with MND remains a key priority of the NHS. With early diagnosis key to treating the symptoms of MND, I am glad that the National Institute…

HCPC Fees

Independent regulators like the HCPC do important work, helping to protect the public and ensure high levels of service and professionalism. I understand that the proposals put forward by HCPC would increase renewal fees from £90 per year to £106 per year (on the basis that that payment is only taken once every two years).…

Asthma and Prescription Charges

The issue of Asthma and Prescription Charges was raised with the Minister for Care on the 26th March 2019, you can find the Minister’s reply below. Mary Glindon MPWhat assessment he has made of the effect of prescription charges on the health and wellbeing of people with asthma. [910026] The Minister for Care (Caroline Dinenage)Extensive…

NICE Appraisals and Rare Diseases

I was pleased to see that on the 21st March 2019 a debate took place in the House of Commons on NICE Appraisals and Rare Diseases. Members from across the House raised concerns regarding the availability of treatments to those with rare diseases, including Batten Disease. I also understand that Batten Disease has been raised…

Autism

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the both the Autism Awareness Session and the debate on Services for People with Autism due to prior commitments. I am very pleased to hear that the Health Select Committee will be undertaking an inquiry into Autism later this year. You can read the full text of the debate…