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Diabetes in Parliament: 19th – 23rd March

House of Commons

House of Commons Questions

Eyesight: Testing – DH – Jo Cox

Thu, 24 March 2016 | House of Commons – Written Answer
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Asked by Jo Cox (Batley and Spen) To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support people with (a) ocular melanoma and (b) other eye conditions with the financial cost of eye tests.

Answered by:
Alistair Burt
Answered on: 24 March 2016

Free National Health Service sight tests are available from primary care optometrists to a wide range of patients. These include people diagnosed with glaucoma or diabetes or who are at risk of glaucoma, children, people aged 60 and over, people registered as sight-impaired or blind or who need complex lenses, and adults on certain income-related benefits or who qualify for full assistance under the NHS Low Income scheme.

No NHS charges apply to patients being treated in a secondary care setting for the investigation or management of an eye condition, which would include individuals with suspected or diagnosed ocular melanoma.


Wollaston, S – DH – Sugar Tax

Tue, 22 March 2016 | House of Commons – Oral Question

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Dr Sarah Wollaston (Totnes) (Con):
Following the very welcome announcement of a graduated levy on sugar, sweet and drinks manufacturers, will the Minister please tell the House what discussions she is having with manufacturers to speed up the reformulation process and also to introduce a differential in price at the point of sale? Given the importance of childhood obesity, will the Department welcome the opportunity to take over the lead on this strategy so that we can make progress on this vital issue?

Jane Ellison:
There are a number of invitations there, some of which I will resist. My hon. Friend is absolutely right to highlight the importance of this announcement. Obviously, it is the first step towards the Government’s comprehensive childhood obesity strategy, which we will be launching in the summer. The Chancellor of the Exchequer was absolutely right to go ahead with this and to move forward. The burden of childhood obesity, as she knows all too well, falls very, very heavily on poorer communities, and my right hon. Friend was absolutely right to champion that measure, because it will make the most difference in the poorest areas.


House of Lords

Sugar: Taxation – DH – Lord Scriven

Wed, 23 March 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Lord Scriven Asked by Lord Scriven Asked on: 10 March 2016 Department of Health Sugar: Taxation Lords HL6926 To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 10 March (HL6471), when they were informed of the NHS England plan to introduce a sugar tax on its premises by 2020.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 23 March 2016

We have a range of conversations about key issues at Ministerial and official level with NHS England. NHS England is independent and the decision on a sugar levy on the National Health Service estate is a matter for them operationally. We are interested to see the results of their consultation on a sugar levy.

The Childhood Obesity Strategy will be published in the summer.


Sugar: Taxation – DH – Lord Scriven

Wed, 23 March 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Lord Scriven Asked by Lord Scriven Asked on: 10 March 2016 Department of Health Sugar: Taxation Lords HL6928 To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 10 March (HL6471), whether the Secretary of State for Health or any other Minister was made aware of NHS England’s plan to introduce a sugar tax on its premises by 2020 before it was made public; if so, which Ministers were made aware; when they were made aware; and what was the reasoning for the Secretary of State or Minister being informed.

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Asked by Lord Scriven Asked by Lord Scriven Asked on: 10 March 2016 Department of Health Sugar: Taxation Lords HL6927 To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 10 March (HL6471), what specific advice they were asked for before NHS England announced its plan to introduce a sugar tax on its premises by 2020.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 23 March 2016

We have a range of conversations about key issues at Ministerial and official level with NHS England. NHS England is independent and the decision on a sugar levy on the National Health Service estate is a matter for them operationally. We are interested to see the results of their consultation on a sugar levy.

The Childhood Obesity Strategy will be published in the summer.

Grouped Questions: HL6926
HL6928


Obesity – DH – Baroness Hollins

Mon, 21 March 2016 | House of Lords – Written Answer

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Asked by Baroness Hollins Asked by Baroness Hollins Asked on: 07 March 2016 Department of Health Obesity Lords HL6740 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards are in place to ensure that the transfer of commissioning responsibility for Tier 4 obesity services from NHS England to Clinical Commissioning Groups does not have a negative impact on patient services or clinical standards, and how they will ensure that patients receive high quality, safe and effective care should that transfer proceed in April 2016.

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Asked by Baroness Hollins Asked by Baroness Hollins Asked on: 07 March 2016 Department of Health Obesity Lords HL6739 To ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations have been made to achieve the safe and effective transfer of responsibility for Tier 4 obesity services from NHS England to Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Lord Prior of Brampton Answered on: 21 March 2016

Specialised commissioning teams at NHS England are in contact with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and a formal process has been agreed to transfer the technical and service aspects of the commissioning responsibility.

This process includes NHS England leading on the contract negotiation for 2016/17 on behalf of CCGs based on the current service provision. Although the transfer is effective from April 2016 in terms of the contract values, the timing of the handover will be agreed between local specialised commissioning teams and CCGs, in line with their preparedness.

NHS England will continue to work with CCGs to provide support as appropriate.

NHS England does not expect the services patients receive to be affected following the transfer of obesity surgery commissioning responsibilities to CCGs from April 2016, as the change is primarily to commissioning responsibilities.

No service changes are included as part of the transfer process. The transfer process will include providing information to CCGs on pathways, provider performance and any quality issues relating to this service.

The transfer should support better integration between Tier 3 and Tier 4 services (which include obesity services) which in turn should improve access for eligible patient and streamline pathways. Clinical teams remain responsible for the quality of their services.

NHS England through its clinical reference group has finalised clinical guidance to support commissioners and clinical teams. We would also look to leadership from royal colleges and professional groups to promote best practice in this area. CCGs already have mechanisms in place to monitor provider performance and quality through the existing quality assurance processes.

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