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Results 41–60 of 486 for speaker:Dr Peter Brand

Health and Social Care Bill (Programme)(No.2): Consideration of Lords Amendments and further messages from the Lords (14 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: Liberal Democrats do not usually approve of wasting time on programme motions, but it is important to make a few points now. The Committee stage was useful because it became clear that some of the Bill needs to be rewritten. So many issues were raised that Ministers agreed that they needed to be addressed. However, instead of a proper rethink and rewrite, the Bill has become more complicated...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care: New Schedule 1 - `PARTNERSHIP ARRANGEMENTS: TRANSFER OF STAFF - The following is the Schedule inserted in the Health Act 1999. - ``SCHEDULE 2A - SECTION 31 ARRANGEMENTS: TRANSFER OF STAFF (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: May I join in the traditional pleasantries? I am not certain about our worthy policemen absorbing wisdom. I think that they develop a great deal of tolerance. The timetabling has been helpful, because it has allowed us to concentrate on the important elements of the Bill. One of our concerns, however, is that there has been so little time between Second Reading and the onset of the Committee...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care: New Clause 18 - Liability for residential care charges (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: In his correspondence, will the Minister also explain how people can seek redress if the law should be broken—either wittingly or unwittingly; either through delay or through false or mistaken advice being given? The mechanism open to individuals to seek redress is extraordinarily complex, and we all will have had cases brought to us in which it is almost possible to call the local...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care: New Clause 16 - Reviews of care trusts (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: If I could bring the discussion back to the review of care trusts, will the Minister tell me whether the same arrangements that are so robust in his view will apply to voluntary care trusts as well as imposed care trusts? Last week I asked whether the dissolution of a care trust, which is allowable under Government amendment No. 418, applies only to voluntary care trusts, or whether, after...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care: New Clause 15 - General practitioners' lists (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I am grateful for that reply. I hope that the Minister does not rely only on a survey and figures. It would be quite wrong if even a small number of patients were taken off GP's lists without reasonable cause: for example, so that their GPs could meet Government targets on immunisation. Families or extended families are sometimes thrown off a list because the GP does not get on with one...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care: New Clause 15 - General practitioners' lists (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time. The Bill is wide-ranging, and we were disappointed that the Government did not include provisions on patients' rights to information, which many of us felt were necessary. I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Sutton and Cheam, who has done a lot of work with the citizens advice bureau in drafting the new clause. I have never...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care: New Clause 15 - General practitioners' lists (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: There is always the option to invite them to vote for another candidate, which is something I quite frequently do.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care: Clause 59 - Control of patient information (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: Would the Minister be able to point members of the Committee to a definition of ``commercial'' in this instance?

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 59 - Control of patient information (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I share the concern of the hon. Member for Woodspring about subsection (4). Although I support the Government's approach to sharing information with patients, the drafting of subsection (4) could have some untoward effects. Patients should have the right not to receive information that they do not want. The subsection does not give that option, but requires that certain information must be...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 59 - Control of patient information (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: Will the Minister go through the process that he envisages in the two examples because we are now into the hard facts? This is no longer a decision based on the hard facts. It is no longer a decision for the ethical committee, but for the Secretary of State via affirmative action by both Houses of Parliament. The two examples that the Minister has cited do not justify passing on confidential...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 59 - Control of patient information (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: That was extremely helpful, but I remain unsure whether the regulations will allow group actions to establish registers, or whether every individual research project requiring a register will be subject to the procedure.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 59 - Control of patient information (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I should be grateful if my hon. Friend will elucidate whether the Data Protection Registrar restricts her control to electronically held data or whether she can also give assurances over information held in the more traditional pen and paper form?

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 59 - Control of patient information (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. I do not often read the letter column in The Times, but—

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 59 - Control of patient information (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: The letter the hon. Gentleman quoted was in The Guardian, but there was a similar one in The Times yesterday. It is not a matter of some off-the-wall pressure group being paranoid about what the Government might or might not be doing, or an opportunistic Opposition trying to knife the Government in quasi-indignation. We are dealing with a provision that overturns the right of patients to own...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 59 - Control of patient information (8 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: This group of amendments is about consultation. It is a great pity that the Government did not consult before they put the Bill before the House, as the clause has enormously wide-ranging implications. I will approach the matter more from the point of view of an individual patient rather than from that of research, which I will turn to later. The Government need to take action on the...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: [Continuation from column 434] (6 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: Does the Minister not accept that it is right to distribute wealth to make sure that people are covered at their times of need, irrespective of how well off they are? We are talking about providing the same services to everyone, wealthy or poor, but also about making sure that the rich pay more, because they can afford to. That is a good socialist principle, which I thought that the...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: [Continuation from column 434] (6 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: It is care redistribution.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: [Continuation from column 434] (6 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: The Minister keeps praying in aid for his proposals the royal commission. However, his proposals concern state registered nurses. The royal commission talks about the skills of a qualified nurse. We may have restricted the registration of nurses and the recognised qualifications for registration of nurses. We used to have state enrolled nurses, who did a remarkable job, but that role is no...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 48 - Exclusion of nursing care from community care services (6 Feb 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: Perhaps I can bring the Minister back to the matter before us this afternoon. He is narrowly defining nursing tasks, which would fit in better with the minority report than with the report of the royal commission on long-term care. Should the time come when nursing assistants become members of the RCN, which is being talked about, they would enter a register that gives them a professional...


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