Report (6th Day)

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Bakewell Baroness Bakewell Labour 4:15 pm, 8th March 2012

I thank the noble Earl for that engagement with the argument which I hope to start. Having a toe in the door, I hope that I can keep it open and perhaps prize it a little bit further open.

The noble Earl cites all the amazing institutions which are responsible for older people and one wonders why there is such a catalogue of misery across the country. Why are things going wrong? Why do they not answer the needs of older people? Why are there so many people catalogued as living wretched lives and writing letters of complaint, virtually with tear-stained ink? This is a major problem that the system is not answering. Therefore, I hope to take the issue further.

I very much agree with the noble Baroness, Lady Barker, that we should not medicalise the issue of being old. We have to keep old people fit so that they can enjoy old age. If this matter is to be referred to other government departments, I would include the DCMS so that access for older people to theatres and cinemas, help with hearing and so on can improve their quality of life. There is much to be improved, as we all know. I welcome the noble Earl's commitment to making that so and I hope to follow it up in future. I beg leave to withdraw my amendment.

Amendment 231A withdrawn.

Clause 181 : Establishment and constitution

Amendment 231B

Moved by Baroness Northover

231B: Clause 181, leave out Clause 181