33348 - NHS: Sustainable Development (Answered)

Justin Madders
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who was responsible for appointing the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan Footprint Leaders.

George Freeman

Sustainability and Transformation Plan areas have been determined by local health and care services coming together in ways that make sense for their local areas, in order to transform the way that health and care is planned and delivered for their populations.

33347 - NHS: Sustainable Development (Answered)

Justin Madders
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the recruitment process was for the appointment of NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan Footprint Leaders; and what criteria were used to appoint to those posts.

George Freeman

Sustainability and Transformation Plan areas have been determined by local health and care services coming together in ways that make sense for their local areas, in order to transform the way that health and care is planned and delivered for their populations.

33346 - NHS: Sustainable Development (Answered)

Justin Madders
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether appointments to the posts of NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan Footprint Leaders were subject to open selection.

George Freeman

Sustainability and Transformation Plan areas have been determined by local health and care services coming together in ways that make sense for their local areas, in order to transform the way that health and care is planned and delivered for their populations.

33345 - NHS: Sustainable Development (Answered)

Justin Madders
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the posts of NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plan Footprints Leaders are remunerated; and how long appointments to those posts are for.

George Freeman

Being a Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) leader is a voluntary, non-statutory role. As far as NHS England is aware, in the overwhelming majority of cases, leaders are not being paid over and above the remuneration they receive for their existing roles.

33344 - NHS: Sustainable Development (Answered)

Justin Madders
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost to the public purse has been of establishing the Sustainability and Transformation Plan Footprints Leadership Teams.

George Freeman

The Department does not hold this information centrally.

32778 - Health Authorities (Answered)

Neil Carmichael
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to change the (a) role of, (b) responsibilities of and (c) funding allocated to strategic health authorities.

George Freeman

Strategic health authorities were abolished in 2013 by the National Health Service Act 2006 (as amended by the Health and Social Care Act 2012). Since then NHS England and clinical commissioning groups have taken on responsibility for NHS planning and delivery.

32670 - Contraceptives (Answered)

Matthew Pennycook
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to make oral contraceptive pills available without a doctor's prescription.

George Freeman

The Government has no plans to make oral contraceptive pills available without a prescription.

Any applications to reclassify specific products from prescription only to non-prescription supply would be considered in accordance with its usual procedures by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

33002 - NHS Property Services (Answered)

Sir Nicholas Soames
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the structure is of NHS Property Services and to whom they report.

George Freeman

NHS Property Services is a limited company, registered at Companies House, and 100% owned by the Secretary of State for Health, to whom it is accountable.

It is governed by a company Board consisting of a Chair, Chief Executive and an appropriate mix of executive and non-executive directors, including a Departmental ‘shareholder representative’ director.

33057 - Sleep Apnoea (Answered)

Louise Haigh
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the planned timetable is for the scoping exercise for special provisions, including fast tracking for treatment, for people with obstructive sleep apnoea who drive for a living.

George Freeman

33056 - Sleep Apnoea (Answered)

Louise Haigh
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration his Department is giving to the fast tracking for treatment for vocational drivers with obstructive sleep apnoea as part of NICE's approach to clinical guidelines and quality standards.

George Freeman

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