This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on diseases. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs. Material is also available on communicable diseases.

Commons Briefing Papers

22.04.2016Autism - overview of UK policy and services
House of Commons Library briefing on autism.
22.04.2016Meningitis B vaccination
A petition to call on the Government to extend the programme of Meningitis B vaccination to all children, at least up to the age of 11, has received over 820,000 signatures. The Petitions and Health Committees have held evidence sessions, hearing from affected families, medical professionals and the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation. A debate on this e-petition has been tabled in Westminster Hall on 25 April 2016.
31.03.2016Overview and statistics of UK dementia policy and services
This Commons Library note examines policies in England to improve dementia diagnosis, care, support and research. Health is a devolved matter, and the note also briefly outlines dementia strategies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It also provides statistics on rates of dementia, including data for each English Parliamentary constituency.
02.02.2016Obesity Statistics
24% of adults in England are obese. A further 36% are overweight. This briefing provides statistics on the obesity among adults and children in the UK, along with data on prescriptions, surgery, and international comparisons.
11.01.2016Health and Safety Statistics
Statistics on Health and Safety in the United Kingdom. Information on fatalities, accidents and illnesses by occupation, industry, region and country. Also includes international comparisons.
30.09.2015Cancer Statistics: In Brief
How have cancer incidence, mortality and survival rates in the UK changed? What are the most common cancers? How does the UK compare internationally? This short briefing paper provides a brief primer.
30.09.2015Cancer Statistics: In Detail
How has the prevalence of cancer in the UK changed over time? How does it vary between different UK countries and regions? Which cancers are most common? How do mortality rates vary by age and location? How do survival rates vary between cancers?
14.07.2015GP Prescribing in 2014: Constituency Statistics
Prescription rates for medicines and treatments provide one useful measure of the burden of illness and disease across the country. This note provides statistics on prescriptions by GP practices in England as a whole and local variation for individual drugs and treatments.
10.03.2015Sources of Statistics: Health
This introductory guide provides sources of statistics on UK public health services.
19.02.2015Cancer: Waiting Times for Diagnosis and Treatment
How long do patients wait for cancer diagnosis and treatment? This note outlines NHS performance trends relating to cancer testing, treatment and care. In 2014 there were 1.5m urgent GP referrals with suspected cancer. This is 53% higher than in 2010. 272,000 patients began treatment for cancer, up 12% on 2010. Of these, 129,000 had previously been urgently referred by their GP, up 25% on 2010.

Lords Library Notes

26.11.2012Debate on 29 November: Diabetic Services
This Library Note looks at the government's strategy on diabetes services and care, and at the implementation of the strategy. In particular, it summarises the National Service Framework on Diabetes and reviews of the operation of the Framework, before presenting statistical evidence on the implementation of adult diabetes services in England.


27.05.2016Infant Mortality and Stillbirth in the UK
A POSTnote which reviews recent data on stillbirth and infant mortality rates in the UK and examines the factors contributing to increased risk. It then looks at the policy options that may help to improve health outcomes for infants and their families.
20.04.2016Access to Water and Sanitation
This briefing discusses the challenge of increasing access to water and sanitation in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
10.09.2015The 100,000 Genomes Project
This POSTnote provides an introduction to genomic medicine and an overview of the aims, structure and major challenges of the 100,000 Genomes Project.
05.06.2015Obesity Treatments
A quarter of adults in the UK are clinically obese and therefore at an increased risk of developing chronic diseases. NHS advice is to eat fewer calories and take more exercise to lose weight. Increasingly, drug treatments and surgery are being considered as a means to lose weight for extremely obese people who have had difficulty in adhering to lifestyle changes. This briefing discusses the current methods used to manage and treat obesity.
28.05.2015Sugar and Health
Sugars can be added to food and drinks or occur naturally in fruit, vegetables and milk. A high sugar diet increases the risk of tooth decay and weight gain, and high consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks is associated with type 2 diabetes. This paper describes trends in sugar consumption in the UK, the public health implications and outlines policy options.
26.03.2015Vegetative and Minimally Conscious States
A POSTnote discussing the medical, legal and ethical challenges associated with the care of patients in vegetative and minimally conscious states.

Select Committee Reports

18.01.2010Young people's sexual health: the national chlamydia screening programme.
Public Accounts Committee report [Commons]
24.11.2009Progress on the implementation of DFID's HIV/AIDS strategy.
International Development Select Committee report [Commons]
15.10.2009Patient safety.
Government response. Department of Health; Care Quality Commission; Monitor; Health Select Committee report [Commons]
13.10.2009Patient safety.
Government response. Department of Health report [Commons]
18.06.2009Patient safety.
Health Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House notes with serious concern that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidance for the use of the drug abiraterone, a life ...
That this House expresses concern over recent instances of severe allergic reactions caused by para-phenylenediamine (PPD) used in temporary tattoos and hair dye products; further expresses ...
That this House notes with alarm that up to 24,000 people with diabetes die in England each year from causes that could have been avoided according to NHS figures published this month; ...
14.12.2011DIABETES UK
That this House notes the recent Diabetes UK Report which found that up to 24,000 people with diabetes in England die earlier from causes that could have been avoided through better ...
That this House congratulates the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) on its recent hosting of the Global Diabetes Forum in Dubai; welcomes the work of the IDF in bringing together ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses