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

Baroness Neuberger: The noble Baroness has just suggested that a LINk might be able to employ staff immediately. Is she suggesting that a LINk might become a company limited by guarantee or a charity with employment status at the very beginning of its existence? It is important for us to know that for the rest of our discussion about LINks.

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

Baroness Neuberger: I thank the Minister for that assurance, which is helpful. If that is the case, it will give members of patient forums considerable reassurance. I also thank her for the rest of her clarification, but we are not yet entirely on the same page here. There is still extreme concern among your Lordships about the transitional arrangements and how they will all work. Nevertheless, as the Minister...

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

Baroness Neuberger: While I support everything that the noble Earl, Lord Howe, has said, I will speak specifically to Amendment No. 238SA, which would insert a new clause about the employment duty for LINks. The reason for the amendment is that some 10 or so days ago the noble Earl and I went to see the Minister in another place, Ann Keen. It was a new innovation to be asked to see the Minister together, rather...

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

Baroness Neuberger: moved Amendment No. 238LA: Clause 222, page 155, line 4, after "consult" insert "members of Patients' Forums and"

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

Baroness Neuberger: I shall speak also to the other amendments in this group. The most distressing thing in all the discussions about the establishment of LINks has been that patients' forums have not been consulted or involved in the change. They were not part of the original group that Harry Cayton set up and they have been sidelined. Even the doctor-patient partnerships, which are moving towards LINks, have...

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

Baroness Neuberger: While I quite understand why the Minister does not necessarily want the present system of patient forums to be among the statutory consultees, will she assure the Committee that, where regulations are being consulted on in the next few months, she would expect patient forums to be consulted, even though they need not be statutory consultees?

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

Baroness Neuberger: I also support all the words of the noble Lord, Lord Low. I declare an interest as a former trustee of Jewish Care, where precisely these issues came up time and again. I very much hope that the noble Baroness will be able to do as much as she possibly can to resolve this issue, which has been going on, to my knowledge, for the past 30 years or more.

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

Baroness Neuberger: I support the noble Earl, Lord Howe, in everything he has said. I will also add a few words to what he said about Amendments Nos. 238KD and 238KE. The clause states that it is to enable "people" to monitor the local health activities. Instead, we have inserted, "members of the local involvement network". If we are moving to LINks, and it seems fairly clear that—with all the queries that we...

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

Baroness Neuberger: I support very strongly the words of the noble Earl, Lord Howe. Since I think that we agree on everything, I just want to add a little more weight to what he has said. Perhaps it is good for the Minister to hear that, across the Cross Benches, the Conservative Benches, the Lib Dem Benches and some of the Labour Benches, we are united in some of our concerns about this part of the Bill. When...

Abortion (19 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, the Minister will be well aware of the gradual reduction in the number of under-18 pregnancies in England but the data for 1998-2005 indicate that the percentage of such pregnancies leading to abortion has increased somewhat; however, the variation is enormous. What guidance is given to the NHS about encouraging those young girls to seek abortion? What is the department doing to...

Health: Hospital Travel Costs (12 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, the Minister will be well aware that one of the problems with the system is that a lot of very poor people are having great difficulty getting their money back because there are considerable delays. Can she tell the House what arrangements are being made to have payment-in-advance and payment-on-the-day options once the new system comes into force?

NHS: Junior Doctors (5 Jul 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, the Minister has just told us that the Government are going to take forward their thinking about MTAS in the light of the Tooke review, to be published in September. Will the Government accept the recommendations of the review, whatever they might be, and—given the level of interest in this House in the MTAS business and since we will be in recess—how will she make sure that...

Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (20 Jun 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I wind up for these Benches in this debate because of the unavoidable absence of my noble friend Lady Scott of Needham Market who cannot be with us because of a family bereavement. Therefore, I will concentrate as I would have done in other circumstances on the patient and public involvement section, as I am no expert on local government. Before I do that, I should like to welcome...

Older People: Abuse (19 Jun 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, given the lack of clarity about whether financial abuse counts as harm—some local authorities do not count it as such—can the Minister assure us that guidance will be sent to local authorities making it clear that the financial abuse of older people is indeed harm and should be treated as such?

Benefits: Cancer Patients (7 Jun 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, the Minister will be only too aware that one of the best ways for cancer patients to find out about anything, including the financial support available to them, is through information provided by their GP. The Minister more or less said that he does not want GPs or the NHS to provide financial information or that kind of advice, but does he agree that we ought to be using the...

Mental Health and Learning Disability: Health Inequalities (6 Jun 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, the Government's White Paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say: ANew Direction for Community Services acknowledged that, historically, the NHS has not served people with learning disabilities well. However, all it actually says is that it will explore way s of delivering on an earlier commitment to introduce regular health checks for that group. It does not give a time-scale. Can the...

Health: Stroke Patients (21 May 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I was interested to hear the Minister say that more speech therapists are now working in the NHS. While it is certainly true that there are more posts, anecdotal evidence suggests that, when they become vacant, many of them are now being frozen. Can he tell us whether the stroke strategy, when it comes out, will include any data on exactly how many people are providing speech...

NHS: Hospitals (14 May 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, given the questions that abound regarding the basis for decisions made on the building of new hospitals, can the Minister say how much weight we should place on reports in Friday's newspapers of the economic analysis of PFI schemes in London carried out by the NHS in London? That report suggested that decisions on closures or redesigns of services will have to be made on economic...

NHS: Hospital Telephones (9 May 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, the Minister has already told us that the Government say there is no reason not to use mobile phones in hospitals. Can he comment on the accuracy of BBC reports that some hospitals have nevertheless banned the use of mobile phones because they are tied to contracts with pay-as-you-go phone companies?

Stem Cell Research (3 May 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I, too, pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Patel, for securing this important and timely debate. We have heard from considerable experts in the field—scientific, medical, legal and ethical. I am a little nervous at winding up at this stage. We have heard the experts speak with great authority. I want to add only a few points to what has been said. I need to declare a couple of...


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