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Results 101–120 of 486 for speaker:Dr Peter Brand

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 10 - Establishment of Patients' Forums (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I am in no way persuaded by the Minister, which is unusual, because he usually makes a strong case. I do not understand why we need research or a consultant to establish the scope for a national body. Perhaps he wants to be absolutely certain that a national body will be tied to ministerial restrictions, so that it restricts itself to comments on matters on which the Minister is prepared to...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 10 - Establishment of Patients' Forums (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I am slightly confused. I think that we are covering amendments Nos. 81 and 82 at the same time as the constitution of the membership of the forums. I am quite happy to address that issue during this debate, because those are clearly exploratory amendments. The Government are being too prescriptive by saying that the membership must be made up of past patients. Health care is not only about...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 9 - Public Involvement and Consultation (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: On a point of order, Sir David. It would have been helpful if you had indicated at the beginning of the debate on the clause whether there was to be a stand part debate on the clause. I certainly would have wanted to make some points on that.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 9 - Public Involvement and Consultation (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I am very grateful. The clause is interesting. It clearly requires all bodies involved in the national health service to consult. That involves commissioning as well as delivery units. I have a specific question for the Minister: will the bodies that can be set up under clause 4, the public-private partnerships, be caught by the clause? I am particularly interested in the fact that clause...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 9 - Public Involvement and Consultation (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: Will the Minister admit that there may be a difficulty with an approach whereby a statutory body supports a trust and a vague ``Do it as you wish'' arrangement is made for the commissioning authority?

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 10 - Establishment of Patients' Forums (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I beg to move amendment No. 46, in page 8, line 9, leave out `Secretary of State' and insert `local authorities specified in section 7(2)'.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 10 - Establishment of Patients' Forums (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I was grateful to have an opportunity to speak in the clause stand part debate on clause 9 because it was so relevant to clause 10. It is right that each trust should have a patients forum, but it also important that these patients forums do not become the tame possession of that trust. I hope that we are not seeing a statutory establishment of leagues of friends of particular hospitals, and...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 8 - Overview and Scrutiny Committees: Exempt Information (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I am concerned about what information the scrutiny committee may have and what sort of paperwork there may be. A very relevant question was asked this morning by the hon. Member for Woodspring (Dr. Fox) in relation to clause 15 on who would become the custodian of files and information held by community health councils. The Minister did not answer at the time. Perhaps he could now let us know...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 7 - Functions of Overview and Scrutiny Committees (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: Clearly, our amendment No. 227 is in the spirit of Government new clause 9. I recognise that the new clause is essential in areas not blessed with coterminosity, such as the Isle of Wight. Will the Minister explain how the joint committees will address the democratic deficit that he says is behind some of the changes? Committees will be composed of democratically elected individuals who may...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 7 - Functions of Overview and Scrutiny Committees (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: On a practical point, would it be possible for the joint authority to publish minority reports, or would that depend on the report going back to one of the host authorities, which would then evaluate it. I doubt whether there can be a mechanism for doing that, as it would be very difficult. In the Minister's own patch, where Eastleigh and Romsey share health services, there are two distinct...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 7 - Functions of Overview and Scrutiny Committees (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I fully agree with the latter part of the Minister's reply, but he also implied that we were talking about pure scrutiny. I thought that the new body would take over the strategic planning commentary, which was such an important part of the role of CHCs. Clearly, such a commentary is not just a matter of scrutinising what is currently happening, but of monitoring the direction in which local...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 7 - Functions of Overview and Scrutiny Committees (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I am grateful to the Minister, and I think he is sensible to accept the spirit behind this amendment. Would he go a little further and say something about members of social services committees and those members of the executive of local authorities who are responsible for social services matters? They, too, should not be members of this scrutiny committee, as with joint commissioning the same...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 14 - Abolition of community health councils in england (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I wanted to ask a more detailed question. The Minister spoke about the Bill's provisions applying in those areas of trusts where patients have access. Will inspections be made of mortuaries, chapels of rest, kitchens, laboratories, laundries or—not far from him locally—sterilising departments?

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 14 - Abolition of community health councils in england (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I should like to make some brief comments. Much has been said about the independence of CHCs, and the fear that whatever replaces them might not be so independent. It is right to worry about that, but I have another concern. CHCs are, on the whole, knowledgeable. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience of the NHS, and they understand it. That has been part of the maturing function that...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 14 - Abolition of community health councils in england (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: I am not sure whether that is much of a clarification. Clearly, CHCs should listen to the public. In fact, they should take the lead in public consultation, but that is not the same as—to use the hon. Lady's term—responding. One listens, evaluates and then takes a position. That is the same as our role in Parliament. We do not respond to every pressure group that wants to keep a...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 14 - Abolition of community health councils in england (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: Does my hon. Friend agree that it is rather sad that awful CHCs have not been tackled using existing powers? The Secretary of State has enormous input into decisions about who serves on CHCs, as do local councils. I have been concerned about the poor performance of CHCs from Labour areas.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 14 - Abolition of community health councils in england (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: The hon. Lady is developing an important line of argument. It is important for people to receive support while they are in hospital or during an episode of primary care. Of course, most hospital trusts and all primary care practices have internal complaints procedures and internal liaison procedures. However, although in an ideal world those would be enough, does the hon. Lady recognise that...

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 14 - Abolition of community health councils in england (30 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: Is the hon. Lady suggesting that whatever replaces the CHC should be absolutely populist and always support popular campaigns to save a national health service provision, however suitable, modern and relevant it is to today's world? If she is saying that, she is treading an extremely dangerous line.

Public Bill Committee: Health and Social Care Bill: Clause 28 - The Family Health Services appeal authority (25 Jan 2001)

Dr Peter Brand: May we have an assurance that total numbers will be set out in primary legislation? It appears at present that although we might specify certain matters in the Bill, much that could affect the workings of the clause is being left to the Lord Chancellor, of whose thinking we have no inkling.


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