Results 121–140 of 246 for speaker:Baroness Neuberger

Mental Health Bill [HL] (26 Feb 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: moved Amendment No. 33A: After Clause 25 , insert the following new Clause— "Nominated person (1) Section 26 of the 1983 Act (definitions of "relative" and "nearest relative") is amended as follows. (2) In the cross-heading preceding section 26 after "functions of relatives" insert ", persons acting as relatives". (3) Before subsection (1) insert— "(A1) In this Part of the Act "named...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (26 Feb 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, the new amendment takes a much narrower approach than we took in Committee because we have listened so closely to the Government's arguments. The Mental Health Alliance has come up with this amendment, providing the patient with a more restricted power to choose their nearest relative. The current list of eligible relatives who can take on the role of nearest relative will be...

Palliative Care Bill [HL] (23 Feb 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay of Llandaff, on the Bill. I support it, and I wish it well. I declare an interest as one of the founders and now a patron of the North London Hospice and as former chief executive of the King's Fund. I have a long-standing interest in palliative care, and I have written extensively about caring for dying people. I also want to...

Health: Sports Medicine (22 Feb 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, given that as a society we actively encourage people to do more sport, for both public health and personal health reasons, should we not be rather concerned, as the Minister has already said, about people who get injured and need to be mobile for their jobs? Can he tell us how quickly the workforce development work will ensure that we get more physiotherapists in place and more...

Care Homes: Abuse (22 Feb 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, given that 91 per cent of care home places for older people are in the private or voluntary sector and that the Government know that it is important for the Human Rights Act to be widely interpreted, what are the Government going to do about the loophole after the Cheshire judgment in 2001 for privately run care homes? What will they do about the large number of vulnerable older...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (19 Feb 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I support the words of the noble Earl, Lord Howe, who has made a strong case for why three months is simply too long. I want to add just a couple of points to his remarks. First, those of us who have been in professional practice or have chaired NHS trusts have experience of what can only be described as "macho prescribing". People are prescribing at doses above the BNF...

Health: MRSA (8 Feb 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, given the rise of MRSA in all its forms and Clostridium difficile, what specific steps are the Government taking to shift the prescribing of antibiotics away from broad spectrum antibiotics towards narrower spectrum, given the apparent link between high levels of antibiotic use and particularly high levels of hospital-acquired infections?

Health: Hepatitis B (5 Feb 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, what are the Government thinking of doing about hepatitis C as well as hepatitis B, given that its prevalence is expected to double in the next 10 years and given that the UK is the only country in the world with an upward trend in liver diseases at the moment?

Health: Palliative Care (31 Jan 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Jay, for securing this debate. I declare an interest as one of the founders and now a patron of the North London Hospice and as former chief executive of the King's Fund. We all await further news on the end-of-life care plan on which Professor Mike Richards, the cancer tsar, and others are engaged. It was his father, Donald Richards, who first...

Health: Velcade (18 Jan 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: My Lords, the Minister has just said that it is up to local primary care trusts to decide whether to allow Velcade to be prescribed. Does he not think that the Secretary of State should perhaps give the same clarification to PCTs about Velcade that she gave with Herceptin—that they should not necessarily use the NICE process as an excuse not to prescribe a drug and therefore end up with...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (17 Jan 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I support most strongly everything that the noble Earl, Lord Howe, has said and, with the permission of the noble Lord, Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, who is not in his place, but was here earlier, I express his strong support, too. He had hoped to speak to the amendment, had we moved a little faster in the debate. Like Nick Hardwick, who was quoted by the noble Earl, the noble Lord, Lord...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (17 Jan 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: Why has the Minister not taken on board the extent to which family dynamics can affect the issue? As my noble friend Lady Barker said, there is an important point of principle regarding why patients with mental illness should be treated differently. But there is also a point about families and family dynamics, which often come to the fore in cases of mental illness. The noble Lord is assuming...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (17 Jan 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I support what the noble Lord, Lord Williamson, has said, but I will speak to Amendment No. 40. In the 2004 Bill, the Government were going to allow patients to nominate someone to act as their nearest relative. One reason for that was that the nearest-relative provisions in the 1983 Act are quite complex—this is one of the commonest areas for mistakes around the Act. Also, the person who...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I support the amendment. For many of us, the key point is that one of the people concerned has to be independent: someone who has not seen the patient before or been involved in the case. We support that point very strongly.

Mental Health Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I speak to this amendment from personal experience of chairing an NHS trust with a large mental health component. I hope that the noble Baroness, Lady Murphy, will forgive me if I say that she has sometimes been critical of some of her colleagues. I, too, am about to be critical of some of her colleagues. I refer to a matter that worried me enormously. You would occasionally find consultant...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I support everything that the noble Earl, Lord Howe, said and simply add one other piece of evidence from the many we had in support of this amendment. The National Patient Safety Agency's report, Building a Memory, records some instances where the drugs have seemed somewhat eccentric. We will be talking about that issue later on, but the report particularly suggests as the sort of things...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I support the noble Earl, Lord Howe, in this amendment. I will not speak long, as we are running behind and the Whips are getting a little anxious. There are two brief points that I wish to add to what the noble Earl has said. First, we have had a long discussion already about how ECT is viewed generally by the patient community. It seems to me key that, if we want to give those patients the...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: Other noble Lords have said a great deal to support the amendments in this group. I shall speak very briefly to support the noble Earl, Lord Howe, especially on Amendment No. 15, but we on these Benches support all these amendments. The most worrying aspect for me is that it has been relatively easy, with relatively few safeguards, to give ECT to young people under 18. I hope the noble...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (15 Jan 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I support the noble Baroness, Lady Murphy, and the noble Earl, Lord Howe. As many noble Lords know, I spent several years chairing an NHS trust which had a major mental health component. I agree with the noble Earl that we should keep away from saying that best practice means that X or Y will be done. The problem is that in a very stressful ward with staff and bed shortages best practice does...

Mental Health Bill [HL] (10 Jan 2007)

Baroness Neuberger: I am so sorry to interrupt the Minister, but when he says that the Government will do everything they can to continue the improvements in the mental health services, does that include the money currently being removed from mental health services to plug gaps in acute services?


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