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Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (15 Oct 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, the noble Earl, Lord Howe, has, as ever, said most of what needs to be said. But perhaps I can emphasise again to noble Lords around the House just how many letters those of us who have been involved in this Bill have all had about all the issues to do with LINks and, most of all, about the pace of change and the abolition of patients' forums before the new system is up and running....

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (15 Oct 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: moved Amendment No. 210ZB: After Clause 229, insert the following new Clause— "Local involvement networks: accompanying visits (1) Any person proposing to act pursuant to a relevant authorisation has a duty to invite any relevant local involvement network to provide one or more authorised representatives to accompany that person. (2) In this section a "relevant authorisation" means any...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (15 Oct 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, this amendment takes us back to long discussions which the noble Earl, Lord Howe, and I have had at various times with present patients' forum members and voluntary organisations. I have since held some of those discussions—partly wearing my new hat in looking at the issue of volunteering for the Prime Minister. At Second Reading, I raised the possibility that the default position...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (15 Oct 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I thank the Minister for what she said. I am delighted that she will take the measure away and see what can be done in guidance. Perhaps between now and Third Reading she and I could discuss where we go from here. If we cannot get a little more reassurance, we might wish to bring this back at Third Reading. That said, I beg leave to withdraw the amendment.

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (15 Oct 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I rise with not only some hesitation, as the noble Earl has said, but also a certain amount of trepidation, given that the two noble Baronesses are people I respect enormously and have worked with over many years, particularly the noble Baroness, Lady Murphy. However, I too have some concerns about the amendments. If we are now moving to a system of LINks, and if, although some of...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (15 Oct 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, the noble Earl, Lord Howe, has said virtually everything that needs to be said on these subjects. I just have a couple of points to add at this stage. First, I think that we are all concerned about possible conflicts of interest for hosts. It is critical that NHS bodies are included in the Bill as bodies that cannot be hosts. Will the Minister comment on how we deal with possible...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (15 Oct 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I support everything that the noble Lord, Lord Low of Dalston, and the noble Earl, Lord Howe, have said. It has been a long-standing problem, causing considerable distress to a large number of people over the years. We on these Benches strongly support these amendments.

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: Amendment No. 242E is consequential on Amendments Nos. 242C and 242D. The noble Earl, Lord Howe, has made the case powerfully on why the use of the word "significant" is a mistake. North-east Derbyshire has caused a lot of trouble here and it is clear that the Department of Health feels that it would have been easier to win the day in court if "significant" were included. However, I refer the...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I, too, had prepared a quite lengthy speech for these clause stand part debates but, like the noble Earl, Lord Howe, I shall address only a few points because we are running so late. On the letter from the Minister of 9 July, I, too, am very concerned about the gap. It is extraordinary for the Minister to say that she does not believe that a small gap is of serious concern. I believe it is a...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: The Minister made a valiant attempt to tell us that all will be well. She told us how all the local authorities were finding hosts and how CSCI and everybody else was involved, but what she did not say, which seems key, is that the patient forums, which are the early adopters and are trying to move towards becoming LINks, are asking why the pace is so rapid. There seems to be a great impetus...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: When the noble Baroness admitted that the drafting of Clause 227 was somewhat complex, she provided a moment of satisfaction for those of us who have struggled to understand what it means. That was very nice. She also said that she envisaged a situation where a host might prepare the annual report because the LINk did not yet exist. Can the noble Baroness foresee a situation where, for some...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I am grateful to the Minister for everything that she said. She rightly says that she has not wholly reassured me, particularly as we get back yet again to the membership of LINks. Nevertheless, I am enormously grateful that she is taking some of this away to look at again, especially the issue that came up through her response about what happens if a LINk does not come into existence, or...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: moved Amendment No. 238AB: Clause 227, page 158, line 41, leave out "person preparing it" and insert "members of the local involvement network"

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: This is another probing amendment. As regards the LINk's annual report, we have replaced the Bill's reference to the phrase "person preparing it", and replaced it with "members of the local involvement network". We would argue that the LINk, corporately, has the duty to prepare an annual report. We would like to hear what the Minister has to say about this. We are probing whether the...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: The amendment goes to the heart of this legislation. We are all deeply concerned that LINks will not have powers. It is clear that regulations will be written that are likely to restrict, very considerably, what LINks can do in terms of inspection. We are all extremely worried by that. I wish to draw two things to the Minister's attention. One is that there appears to be a desire to limit the...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I thank the Minister for her response. I am grateful to the noble Earl, Lord Howe, for pointing out the difficulty, which I had not spotted. It needs to be sorted out, so I am extremely grateful to the Minister for saying that she will take the Bill away and look at it. Given the assurances that there is nothing to stop the LINks getting together and using the money they get from the hosts to...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: moved Amendment No. 238R: Clause 223, page 155, line 36, at end insert— "( ) Nothing in the arrangements shall prevent a local involvement network from— (a) making collaborative arrangements with another local involvement network; or(b) utilising monies received from H for such a purpose."

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: Again, this is a probing amendment. Almost all the amendments today have been probing amendments. It seeks to test out whether some LINks can make collaborative arrangements with other LINks; whether they can use the money that they get from the hosts for this purpose in order, perhaps, to form themselves into a representative body, either regional or national; and whether the hosts can stop...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I follow on with a brief word on Amendment No. 238S. Following what the noble Earl, Lord Howe, and the noble Lord, Lord Rea, have already said, there are concerns around the Chamber about conflicts of interest and how these relationships are going to work. We have tabled an amendment which suggests that a link could have the power to direct the actions of the host in pursuance of some of the...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (23 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I support everything that the noble Earl, Lord Howe, has said. I shall add a few words on Amendment No. 238SB. This deals with the matter of commissioners, to which the noble Earl referred. The reason for this amendment is that we are, as the Minister has already said, in a fast-moving scenario in terms of health service structures. This legislation is all about service providers, but...


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