Results 81–100 of 408 for speaker:Baroness Cumberlege

School Funding (7 May 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, just before the noble Baroness sits down, perhaps I may ask whether this is the formula that will be used for next year's allocations or is she telling us that during the coming year it will be refined and changed so that we do not have the same shambolic situation we have at the moment?

Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill [HL] (6 Jun 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: "I pledge myself and promise: that I will exercise the art and science of Medicine to the best of my powers and in accordance with the laws of honour and probity; that I will work for the benefit of all, whosoever shall seek my service, without distinction between great and small, rich and poor, youth and age or good and bad; that I will hold my knowledge in trust for the benefit of the...

Water Bill [HL] (9 Jul 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I am one of those very dangerous people—a convert. Twenty years ago I was a member of the East Sussex area health authority and I remember very distinctly a very strong emotional debate in the town hall on this subject. The arguments were impressive, and I voted against fluoridation. I voted against it for technical, cost and emotional reasons. In the intervening years, I have grown older...

Water Bill [HL] (9 Jul 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I understand that point, but we do not know how quite a lot of the medications that we use work—I am thinking of aspirin. Nobel Prize winners have sought the reasons why aspirin works. Sometimes we have to go forward without having the total research base. I take what the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, said. In the end, one cannot know absolutely everything.

Water Bill [HL] (9 Jul 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I am not recommending that we do not do further research, but there are occasions when one must go forward with something without knowing the absolute reasons why. I was very interested in the paper that we received from the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Dental Officer. They point out—and I believe that it is right—that we have more than 40 years experience in England of artificial...

Water Bill [HL] (9 Jul 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I have to confess to being something of a Euro-sceptic. The noble Baroness, Lady Gardner, dealt with that point very well indeed. Other countries are so different, not only culturally but in their diets and everything else, so I am not sure that the comparison is very useful.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Maternity Services (8 Sep 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy towards 24-hour birthing centres.

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS Delayed Discharges: Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (8 Sep 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact catheter-associated urinary tract infection has on bed blocking in the National Health Service.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Hospital Infections (8 Sep 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they have made towards the 15-30 per cent reduction in hospital acquired infection, highlighted as achievable by the Public Accounts Committee.

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (8 Sep 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I start by declaring some interests, in that I am a senior associate of the King's Fund, a vice-president of the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives, and chair of St George's Hospital Medical School. I am involved with other charities, and work for the NHS, sometimes in a paid capacity and sometimes unpaid. I believe that the Bill is the first major piece of...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (7 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: moved Amendment No. 1: Before Clause 1, insert the following new clause— "NHS AGENCY FOR ENGLAND (1) There shall be a body corporate to be known as the NHS Agency for England (referred to in this Act as the "English Agency") for the purpose of carrying out the functions transferred or assigned to it by or under this Act. (2) The functions of the English Agency are performed on behalf of the...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (7 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I start by declaring an interest. I am employed by the NHS, sometimes in a voluntary capacity, sometimes paid. I serve as a trustee on several charities. I chair St George's Hospital Medical School Council and am a senior unpaid associate of the King's Fund. In moving Amendment No. 1, I speak also to Amendments Nos. 2 to 6. I speak in the knowledge that these amendments may have the...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (7 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I thank the Minister very much for his reply. I had hoped that he would have a warm feeling towards the amendments, but I suspect that it has been a cold shower. However, I would like to thank noble Lords for taking part in the debate. With one very notable exception and a few minor reservations there has been whole-hearted support for the amendments, for which I am very grateful. The noble...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (7 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: That depends on how the agency is set up. It depends on how the law is fashioned in order to prevent that happening. Of course, Members of Parliament must be interested in their constituency, but I am trying to get a space around the legitimate political activities of parliamentarians that allows the National Health Service to be well managed and to operate correctly. I am grateful to noble...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (7 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: The Bill will have many days of debate in this Chamber. During its passage even so far, "devolution" and "devolved" have been bandied about. I am in some confusion. It would be very helpful to me, and perhaps to other Members of the Committee, if the Minister could give us a clear definition of what the Government mean by devolution.

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (9 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I also support my noble friend Lord Peyton. One of the advantages of a Bill having several days in Committee is that one can think about the previous day's debates and how they will play into some of the later amendments put before us. This amendment is trying to achieve some structure around what the Government are proposing. I have very serious reservations about handing over governance to...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (9 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I support the amendment. I seek greater clarity about the boards of governors and directors and their relationship with the strategic health authorities. I understand that those authorities do not have a performance management role in the new set-up for foundation hospitals. We all know that the health service is very intricate. However, increasingly, we have seen clinical networks...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (9 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: This has been a very interesting debate. It is not a subject to which I have really put my mind. What advice has been taken by the Minister's colleagues on this issue? We have the Electoral Commission, which I think does an extremely good job. As the noble Lord, Lord Lipsey, said, we have other bodies within this country with expertise in the matter. If we are to go down this road, which I do...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (9 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I too support the amendment. As the noble Baroness, Lady Emerton, has said, the phrase that has echoed through this Committee stage is "minimum requirements and maximum flexibility". I understand why the Minister and the Department of Health want to keep it that way. In some ways I feel that the Bill is being presented to us like an impressionist painting: we are being invited to admire it at...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (9 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I find it hard to support this amendment. We have heard this afternoon and in the course of this Committee that the board of governors could number 50 or more people. To give 50 or more people the power of decision to appoint or fire a chief executive is extremely difficult and I am not quite sure that that process would work. Taking a decision to ease somebody out of a job, as I know to my...


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