Results 21–40 of 408 for speaker:Baroness Cumberlege

Written Answers — House of Lords: GPs: Retirement Forecast (29 Jan 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: How many general medical practitioners practising in England are anticipated to retire in each of the next five years.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Sexual Health and HIV Strategy (29 Jan 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: On what date the draft Sexual Health and HIV Strategy will be issued for consultation.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Health Development Agency (31 Jan 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What have been the major activities of the Health Development Agency since its inception on 1 April 2000.

Written Answers — House of Lords: HIV/AIDS: Public Education Spending (31 Jan 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: How the money for public education about HIV/AIDS was spent by the Department of Health in 1999-2000 and 2000-01.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Caesarean Sections (5 Feb 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: In view of the personal and financial costs of increasing Caesarean rates, what information is provided to women in pregnancy to explain the evidence on risks and benefits.

Health and Social Care Bill (15 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I rise to support my noble friend. This is the first time I have taken part in debate on the Bill because I was not able to attend Second Reading. I have spoken to Members of your Lordships' House who have agreed that I should take part in debate in Committee. As I have the generosity of the House and am able to do that, I start by declaring interests. I am a non-executive director...

Health and Social Care Bill (15 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Before the Minister sits down perhaps I may ask for clarification. I clearly understand the issue where we have a strong economy and we are able to invest more in public services. But there is a feeling, when we look across the Atlantic to what is happening in America, at the stock market and at all the other signs, that we are at the beginning of another recession. If the situation arises...

Health and Social Care Bill (15 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: I support both noble Lords who have spoken. I thank the Minister for sending me the NHS Plan implementing the performance improvement agenda, the consultation document to which reference has been made. I have read it and I found it of great interest. It explained to me clearly how the system will work. The figure of 25 per cent is mentioned as regards "green" organisations--those which are...

Health and Social Care Bill (15 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: I rise to support my noble friend Lord Howe. I am concerned that the Secretary of State is seeking powers directly to reward staff working within a particular trust, or to improve facilities. This is very detailed stuff, according to the Explanatory Notes. The Secretary of State will bypass the allocation formula, the health authority and the management of the trust. In my view, that is...

Health and Social Care Bill (15 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Does the Minister not appreciate that there is a lot of frustration in the health service because allocations are pre-empted by top slicing? Many of the managers who spoke to me said, "We would have sparkling clean wards if we had the amount of money to spend that we want". However, as I explained earlier in Committee, so much has been top sliced. There is no room to manoeuvre and the...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Perhaps I may press the Minister on something that he said. I may have misheard him. He mentioned that the Secretary of State would walk away from any partnership which he felt was unsatisfactory or possibly failing. I can understand his wish to do that, but how does that give confidence to the private sector? What guarantees will the private sector have? Secondly, I want to ask the Minister...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Will the Minister elucidate one point for me? In dealing with Clause 6, the Explanatory Notes state: "The NHS Plan commits to modernisation of the NHS Pay system to deliver better, fairer awards for staff". The Minister will remember that during his distinguished career in the NHS we saw the rise of the pay review bodies. They were introduced because staff felt that the awards they were...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: We could have a ding-dong on this matter. It is true that the previous government phased awards, but the Labour government before them were alone in failing to honour nurses' awards. If the framework is already set by the pay review body and Whitley councils, what will happen to the Whitley councils in future? The previous government introduced local pay which provides the flexibilities about...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: I strongly support my noble friend's amendments. There is a feeling, which I am sure the Minister will seek to dismiss eloquently, that the proposals now tabled have not been very well thought through, and that one structure has been piled upon another to resolve any problem that exists. I have tried really hard to get through this issue. Your Lordships will know that I am a slow learner. I...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: I do not want this Committee stage to be haunted by my fictitious patient, but the Minister said he felt that she would not be served well in the current situation. I should like the noble Lord to explore that comment. We need to know exactly what we are jettisoning, and what we are gaining in its place.

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Even at night?

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Much of this has merit. I understand the democratic deficit argument that has taken place for decades. Where the overview and scrutiny committees are good they will be very good; but where they are bad they will be perfectly horrid. Where there is a danger that the OSCs become a griper's charter, where they do nothing positive at all, but in fact destroy the trust and the good relationships...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Will the Minister reply to the question asked by the noble Earl, Lord Listowel? There are many bruised people who feel they have been treated most shabbily.

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: I accept that. However, it is a tradition within the health service that on the whole one consults with people before one goes forward with a scheme. Problems have been caused because, although the proposal appeared in the NHS Plan, there had been no consultation as there had been with other measures. The element of surprise hurt people, so perhaps the matter could have been dealt with a...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: I support the Minister on the matter of lists. I believe that they are a snare and a delusion, except when my husband goes to the supermarket and then they are absolutely essential! On the matter of the independent advocacy service, the Minister said that it is a significant improvement, which I would endorse. I believe that it is a great move forward. If it works really well, it will reduce...


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