Results 1–20 of 4832 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Norman Lamb

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Norman Lamb: Over the past year, people in prison have taken their own lives at the rate of one every three days. Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that the prison services should set a zero-suicide ambition, that we should be seeking to save every life and that it is intolerable that so many people are losing their lives in the prison system?

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Norman Lamb: I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman—

Prison Reform and Safety (7 Dec 2017)

Norman Lamb: Not yet, although the hon. Gentleman clearly deserves it. I am grateful to him for giving way. I agree with the point that the hon. Gentleman is making, but is not the truth that we simply incarcerate too many people, particularly people with mental health problems? A staggering percentage of people in Britain have mental health problems, learning disabilities or autism. Should we not be...

NHS Continuing Care (27 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: I suspect that I will not be alone in the House in having concerns about how NHS continuing care is operating these days. Concerns about the process will have been raised by the constituents of many hon. Members on both sides of the House. It is worth recognising that the process of NHS continuing care has always been fraught because a lot of money often turns on the outcome, and the families...

NHS Continuing Care (27 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: The hon. Lady might well be right. That does not justify the variations, but it is a possible explanation for part of the problem. Secondly, the number of people nationally who are found to be eligible is falling. The National Audit Office found that the proportion of people assessed as eligible for standard continuing healthcare by CCGs reduced from 34% in 2011-12 to 29% in 2015-16.

NHS Continuing Care (27 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: I will come on to that point in a moment. We are seeing more and more cases of couples being forcibly separated, which is really shocking and a denial of their human rights, so I agree with the hon. Gentleman. At the end of March 2017, 57,000 patients were eligible for continuing healthcare in England, which was down 1.6% on the previous quarter and 2.7% on the previous year. What possible...

NHS Continuing Care (27 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: I am aware of that. Often there is no change in such people’s condition, but sometimes their condition deteriorates. Sometimes the cost is pushed on to the local authority, but sometimes it is pushed on to the family, which is another very serious concern. There are also a great many complaints about the process that is used. There are complaints about evidence being ignored, which can...

NHS Continuing Care (27 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: I do agree. The problem is compounded by the long delays that people have to face, often at very stressful times when they are wondering whether they will have to sell a home to pay for care and have no idea what the outcome of the process will be. There are a number of cases around the country in which the costs of packages have been capped, with top-ups required from relatives. A growing...

NHS Continuing Care (27 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: Depressingly, I have. Earlier this evening, when I was giving the Speaker’s lecture, I made the case that we need, ultimately, a pooled budget for both health and care to stop these awful arguments between the health and social care silos.

NHS Continuing Care (27 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: If it were happening, I would. I totally agree that we need to bring health and social care together in localities, with a single budget and single commissioning. I think that we need to work across parties to come up with an ultimate long-term settlement for the NHS and the care system. Families are also in the invidious position of being asked to provide, in effect, a top-up for care if...

NHS Continuing Care (27 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: I will give way for the last time.

NHS Continuing Care (27 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: If there are good medical reasons, people can of course have the discussion and it might be decided that a care home is the right place, but I am talking about cases in which the only issue is the finances. People are told, “It costs 10% more to provide care at home. You’re going into a care home.” That is not acceptable, but it is happening. The BBC reported on a family who...

Industrial Strategy (27 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: Does the Secretary of State recognise the urgency of reaching a decision on our future participation in successors to Horizon 2020? Does he also recognise that further public investment will be needed to reach 2.4% of GDP on research and development spend? How will he ensure that that public investment is spent around the country, so that everyone benefits from it?

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: Will the Minister give way?

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. I congratulate the hon. Member for South Thanet (Craig Mackinlay) on securing a debate on this really important issue. I will start with where I agree with the hon. Gentleman. As a father myself, I share the horror at the impact of dangerous drug use; in a sense, my starting point is to be hostile to dangerous drug use, whether...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: No; I am conscious that time is really tight. Far from protecting people, the current framework of our drug laws resulted in 3,744 drug-related deaths in 2016—the highest ever level, and a 44% increase over five years. We are not talking only about the United States; it has arrived in this country with a vengeance. Heroin and morphine deaths rose by 109% under a criminal market. It is...

Backbench Business: Support for Care Leavers — [Mrs Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (16 Nov 2017)

Norman Lamb: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way; she is being very generous. The former Minister Edward Timpson introduced a very good reform to enable payments to continue to children in foster care beyond their 18th birthday, which was widely welcomed. However, if the rate paid for the most complex children being looked after by very experienced foster carers goes down at their 18th birthday,...


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