Results 141–160 of 408 for speaker:Baroness Cumberlege

Clinical Academic Staff (1 Dec 2005)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, for initiating the debate. Given his remarkable, distinguished contribution to education, medicine, science and public health, I could spend seven minutes talking about the noble Lord, but that is not the purpose today. However, there could be nobody better fitted to introduce this debate. I declare an interest: I chair St George's University...

National Health Service: Payment by Results (13 Dec 2005)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact the new financial system of payment by results is having on the National Health Service.

National Health Service: Payment by Results (13 Dec 2005)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply, but is not payment by results a misnomer as it is payment by activity, regardless of quality? Hospitals whose reference costs are below the national tariff increase their income by admitting and treating patients. Does the Minister share my deep concern at the 50 per cent rise during the past 10 years in Caesarean section rates? What financial...

Charitable Remainder Trusts (7 Feb 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank my noble and learned friend Lord Lyell of Markyate for initiating the debate and for his clear introduction of the subject. I give him my full support in his quest for charitable remainder trusts. Like so many Members of your Lordships' House, I am engaged in several charities. Charities deliver a huge number of services and on the whole deliver them very efficiently. Taking...

Written Answers — House of Lords: NHS: Waiting Times (14 Feb 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What percentage of patients not requiring immediate treatment wait for over six months for hospital treatment and surgery.

Health Bill (1 Mar 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I declare an interest: I chair St George's, University of London, I am a trustee of Cancer Research UK, and am involved in a number of health-related organisations and charities through my company, Cumberlege Connections. I start by thanking the Minister for his very clear exposition of this Bill. It is a complicated Bill. He described it as "diverse", and I agree. It has something...

National Health Service (9 Mar 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: rose to call attention to Her Majesty's Government's plans for the National Health Service; and to move for Papers. My Lords, I start by declaring an interest: I chair St George's, University of London; I am a senior associate of the King's Fund; and I have other connections with the National Health Service. For most of my life, the health service has been my life. I grew up in it and, like...

National Health Service (9 Mar 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I have a few minutes before the next debate; I know that this is a timed debate. I thank all noble Lords who have taken part. It has been a wise, wonderful and, on occasion, very humorous debate. I would like to reflect what my noble friend Lord Selsdon said—that seldom in this House do we sit through a debate without learning a lot, and today has been one of those occasions on...

National Patient Safety Agency (27 Mar 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, in the light of the reorganisations that are going on in the National Health Service, will the noble Lord assure us that the NPSA will continue at least for the life of this Parliament?

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I should like to begin with a quote from Woody Allen, who said: "I am not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens". I share that view because dying is not for wimps. In the opening lines of her very charming novel, Miss Garnet's Angel, Salley Vickers wrote: "Death is outside of life, but it alters it. It leaves a hole in the fabric of things which those who are...

Health Bill (19 Jun 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I declare an interest as a trustee of Cancer Research UK. It is the biggest cancer charity in the world and it employs more than 3,000 scientists, doctors and nurses, mostly in this country but also abroad. I was very interested in some of the points put forward by the noble Lord, Lord Stoddart, that in fact doctors are not always right. Of course, that is absolutely true. I do,...

NHS: Treatment of Patients with FGM (25 Jul 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, how many prosecutions have been brought and how many have been successful?

NHS: Community Hospitals and Maternity Units (30 Oct 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: rose to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their policy towards community hospitals and maternity units. My Lords, I start by thanking noble Lords for taking part in this short debate and the Minister for answering it. He is after all, according to the Health Service Journal, the fifth most powerful person in the NHS, so I am sure he will be able to answer my questions, of which I have...

Health: MRSA (8 Feb 2007)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, according tothe European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System, most of Europe is managing MRSA better than we are. Does the Minister not think it shameful that we are rated alongside Greece and just above Portugal, Malta and Cyprus? Does he agree with Professor Gemmell, an expert in this field, that we need lower bed occupancy rates and a higher ratio of staff to patients?...

Health: Specialist Nurses (1 May 2007)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Baroness, Lady Masham, for initiating this debate. As always, her contribution is timely, and grounded in compelling personal testimony. I have been a long-time admirer of the nursing profession, and my report, Neighbourhood Nursing, published 20 years ago, first mooted the idea of nurse prescribing, a concept which, to their credit, successive Governments...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Immigration: Breastfeeding Women (19 Jun 2007)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What instructions they have given to staff of the Borders and Immigration Authority about the steps they should take to ensure that breastfeeding women who are detained under immigration and asylum legislation are reunited with their infants.

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

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Campbell of Surbiton, on a very courageous speech, and I look forward very much to the speech of the noble Lord, Lord Mawson, of Bromley-by-Bow, whose centre is a national inspiration which is led by an inspired leader. Like many parliamentarians I started my public life in local government. At the age of 22, I stood for election to the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Immigration: Breastfeeding Women (25 Jun 2007)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What advice they have given to local authorities about preventing destitution and homelessness of failed asylum-seeking mothers with small children and about the separation of such a mother from a breastfeeding infant.

Smoking: Churches and Cathedrals (16 Jul 2007)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they will exempt churches and cathedrals from the requirement to display "no smoking" signs.

Smoking: Churches and Cathedrals (16 Jul 2007)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. Is she aware that in 1650 the Catholic Church passed a papal bull that prohibited smoking in churches and cathedrals and the taking of snuff? For over 400 years, that law has been obeyed without the need for any signs. Will the Minister revisit the very prescriptive guidance that is given to churches and places of worship in smoke-free England...


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