Results 321–340 of 408 for speaker:Baroness Cumberlege

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.

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.

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...

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...

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?

School Funding (7 May 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I begin by declaring an interest. I chair two panels which recommend the level of county councillors' remuneration. Like other noble Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Hanningfield for securing this debate, which is not only very interesting but important. After all, children make up 16 per cent of the population but 100 per cent of our future. There can be few who are more...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Birth Rate Plus (7 May 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: Whether they are monitoring Birth Rate Plus; and, if so, which National Health Service trusts show a deficit in the number of qualified midwives, as measured by using Birth Rate Plus, and by how many full-time equivalent posts.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Primary Care Trusts: Specialised Services (13 Feb 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: When their conclusions concerning the review of specialised services commissioning by primary care trusts will be published; and What steps are being taken to ensure continuity of specialised services commissioning by primary care trusts from April 2003; and About the preparedness of primary care trusts to assume responsibility for commissioning specialised...

Maternity Services (15 Jan 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I should like to conclude this debate by thanking all noble Lords who have taken part. It has been a wise and interesting debate that has highlighted the great strengths of this House. In particular, I thank the Minister for his full response to the vast majority of our questions. There is no doubt about his personal commitment to the matter, and I thank him for that. I welcome the...

Maternity Services (15 Jan 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I did not use the word "targets" in my speech. I asked what action the Government are taking to reduce the numbers of sections and, as a result of their actions, when they expect to see a decline in the rate.

Maternity Services (15 Jan 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: rose to call attention to the quality of provision for maternity services in the United Kingdom; and to move for Papers. My Lords, I start by declaring an interest in that I am a vice-president of the Royal College of Midwives and a patron of the National Childbirth Trust—two very remarkable organisations. Together with the distinguished noble Lord, Lord Patel, I am a vice-chairman of the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: National Service Framework for Older People (21 Jun 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: How much money was allocated for the implementation of the National Service Framework for Older People; and whether they will provide a detailed breakdown on how the money has been spent.

Cancer Care (17 Jun 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the Scottish medicine consortium has recommended that Glyvec, a drug for chronic myeloid leukaemia, is to be made available to all Scottish sufferers, whereas the recommendation from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence is that its use should be limited to patients only in an advanced stage of leukaemia? Is that a case of postcode prescribing? If...

National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill (16 May 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, throughout its passage I have consistently tried to get the word "duty" on to the face of the Bill. I was delighted to hear the noble Lord, Lord Walton, say that the Minister has had talks with the heads of medical schools. I understand that the Minister may give noble Lords some words of comfort, which to some extent I welcome. Words of comfort can evaporate in the mists of time....

National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill (29 Apr 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I support Amendments Nos. 5, 8 and 11. I have examined some of the consultation documents that were generated by PCGs when they sought PCT status. Many of them are excellent and are full of hope and commitment. However, I could find little mention of a serious intent to include teaching and research, save for specifically financed pilot projects. If the NHS Plan is to be...

National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill (29 Apr 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I am reluctant to enter the debate, particularly as it concerns structure, because, in his reply to my noble friend Lord Peyton, I felt the Minister's finger on my collar. In previous times, when I was in government, we also reorganised. I hope that the Minister will remember our debates in Committee, when I sought strongly to get politicians out of meddling with the National Health...

National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill (18 Mar 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: I thank the Minister for such a clear exposition of how this matter will work in terms of the public health function. However, I am concerned about one point. The Minister said that at the PCT level the public health officer may not be a doctor—it could be anybody. Obviously it would be someone with a good qualification, but not a medical qualification. Is that a wise move? I understand...


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