37885 - Medical Records: Databases (Answered)

Joan Ryan
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect on patient confidentiality of the decision by NHS Royal Free Foundation Trust to grant DeepMind access to NHS patient records; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

Individual organisations providing National Health Service care are the data controllers for the information that they hold, and are responsible for ensuring that there is a legal basis for sharing confidential patient information with a third party.

37884 - Stem Cells: Medical Treatments (Answered)

Fiona Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been treated with adult stem cells in the UK in each of the last 10 years.

George Freeman

The Department does not hold data on the number of patients receiving stem cell treatments.

37883 - Stem Cells: Research (Answered)

Fiona Bruce
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of embryonic stem cell research for the development of treatments for patients.

George Freeman

Treatments based on the use of stem cells including those obtained by embryos must be demonstrated to be both safe and effective before they can receive authorisation.

38111 - Strokes: Aspirin (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with medical organisations on the use of aspirin to prevent strokes.

George Freeman

37542 - Biomedicines (Answered)

Jim Shannon
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department is conducting on the use of biosimilars in healthcare.

George Freeman

The Department is not conducting and has not commissioned specific research on the use of biosimilars in healthcare.

37495 - NHS: Sustainable Development (Answered)

Caroline Lucas
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 18 April 2016 to Question 33537 on Sustainability and Transformation Plan footprints, how his Department defines a system control total; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

37450 - NHS: Sustainable Development (Answered)

Caroline Lucas
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS bodies will authorise Sustainability and Transformation Plan footprints; what role NHS Improvement will play; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

37719 - Endometriosis (Answered)

Bridget Phillipson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the future level of funding for researching the causes of and treatments for endometriosis.

George Freeman

The usual practice of the Department's National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and of the Medical Research Council is not to ring-fence funds for expenditure on particular topics: research proposals in all areas compete for the funding available.

37753 - Medical Records: Databases (Answered)

Joan Ryan
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from (a) Healthwatch England, (b) Healthwatch Enfield and (c) other patient groups on the decision by NHS Royal Free Foundation Trust to grant Google DeepMind access to NHS patient records.

George Freeman

The Department has received no representations from patient groups on this subject.

37761 - Health Services: Contracts (Answered)

Gloria De Piero
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the implications are for his policy on private NHS contractors carrying out healthcare services of the failure of Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services to be able to continue to provide such services; what steps his Department is taking to ensure that other such contractors continue to provide the services for which they are contracted; and if he will make a statement.

George Freeman

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