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

Baroness Cumberlege: What is very good about this amendment is that it uses the words "a duty", and therefore imposes an obligation. In his reply, the Minister seems to have rested his case on the fact that the strategic health authorities will do the monitoring. However, is that not trying to put right something once it has happened? It is very difficult to do that in research because research has to be...

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

Baroness Cumberlege: I believe that to be the case. The Minister will tell us the definitive answer. As I understand it, there are designated primary care trusts that are specific for teaching. The amendment of the noble Baroness, Lady Northover, is to try and get teaching throughout the whole of the National Health Service. I very much support that. In Committee, probing amendments are sometimes put down. Other...

National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill (14 Mar 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: I thank all Members of the Committee who have taken part in the debate. It has been an interesting debate, especially in its historical context. I particularly thank those who attached their names to the amendments. One of the points made by the noble Lord, Lord Desai—who unfortunately has had to leave—is particularly worth mentioning. It really is fairly disgraceful that the cases of...

National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill (14 Mar 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: However the agency or corporation worked would depend entirely on its rules of engagement. The amendment gives power to the Secretary of State to draw up an agreed constitution. Foundation trusts could be set free but for how long? When will there be intervention? When will the Secretary of State decide that a trust's performance is not up to scratch? What will be the criteria? Many of us are...

National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill (14 Mar 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: moved Amendment No. 1: Before Clause 1, insert the following new clause— :TITLE3:"National Health Service Agency for England NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE AGENCY FOR ENGLAND (1) There shall be a body corporate to be known as the National Health Service 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...

National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill (14 Mar 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: Before I speak to my amendments, I declare an interest as a board director of Huntsworth plc, as an associate of Quo Health, as an unpaid chair of St George's Medical School, and I am involved in a number of charities, also unpaid. In moving Amendment No. 1, I shall speak also to Amendments Nos. 2 to 6. I do so with great optimism. I have no doubt whatever that the Minister will embrace them...

National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill (31 Jan 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, before we leave the subject, one of the concerns of the regulatory bodies is that no examples are given. Perhaps the Minister can come back at Committee stage and give some examples. I understand that his right honourable friend wrote yesterday to the General Dental Council, which had asked about the use of the direction-making power. His noble friend said that that power would be...

National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill (31 Jan 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I chair the medical school council of St George's Hospital, and once a year I make a fairly feeble attempt to thank them for all that they do. Tonight is the night. So I am afraid that I shall not be able to stay, possibly not even to listen to the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Birmingham and some other noble Lords. However, I shall read Hansard diligently. I shall also...

Nurse Prescribing (24 Jan 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, before beginning my speech, I should just like to declare an interest. I am a vice-president of the Royal College of Nursing, and of the Royal College of Midwives and patron of the Association for Nurse Prescribing. I thank my noble friend Lord Soulsby for initiating this debate, not least because it has given us the opportunity to listen to the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley. I...

Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease (24 Jan 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: How they view the inter-relationship between treatment of diabetes and coronary heart disease.

Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease (24 Jan 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. Is he aware that on average it takes between nine and 12 years to diagnose someone with type 2 diabetes, the form suffered by the vast majority of those affected, by which time as many as half will suffer complications such as cardiovascular disease? Given the financial and human costs of that late identification, can the Minister give an...

Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001 (13 Dec 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, before I make my contribution, I declare an interest as vice-president of the Royal College of Nursing and of the Royal College of Midwives and I hope a friend of the Health Visitors' Association. The other day the Minister reminded me that it was I who conceived this difficult debate. When I was a Minister I commissioned JM Consulting Group Inc to review the regulation of nurses,...

National Health Service: Funding (5 Dec 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, does the Minister agree that waiting times are now longer than they were when the Conservative government left office?

Health and Social Care Bill (3 May 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I am anxious not to sour the good spirits which have existed throughout Third Reading. I thank the Minister for the way in which he has listened and amended parts of the Bill. However, I am totally opposed to this clause. In the course of the Bill we have amended a great many of the proposals put forward by the Government regarding systems and delivery of care. This is the one...

Health and Social Care Bill (3 May 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, in no way do I want to diminish that. In fact, I was going on to say that I was sure the Minister would say that I protest too much. I can understand that but I wanted to share with your Lordships the tremendous concern that is coming through surveys such as this. I want to endorse what my noble friend said about the trust between doctors and patients. There have been letters in The...

Health and Social Care Bill (26 Apr 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, before the noble Lord sits down, perhaps he will clarify one matter for me. As I understand it, this evening has been the first time that we have learnt that the underlying fear that the Government have had is the increased GP costs in prescribing. That is the essence of why the clause has been drawn up. Is the pharmaceutical industry not able at the moment to target GPs? I do not...

Health and Social Care Bill (26 Apr 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, yes, but the Minister will agree that it is the percentage of generic drugs that has increased much more than the total budget.

Health and Social Care Bill (26 Apr 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I want to highlight briefly just one aspect of this matter because I believe that I covered the whole issue very fully in Committee. I start by thanking the Royal College of Nursing for its six case studies. I found them most illuminating. This is not a matter of theory; it concerns real people receiving real care. I believe that those studies came over extremely well. In Committee,...

Health and Social Care Bill (26 Apr 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I was interested in the Minister's earlier remarks on the whole question of care trusts: he said that they needed to be voluntary; there needed to be enormous commitment; there needed to be joint views on the culture of both organisations; and there had to be joint funding. For those marriages to work, there has to be a good deal of love between the two organisations. Here, the...

Health and Social Care Bill (24 Apr 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I should like to make a short contribution to this debate. At one point I thought that Mrs Archibald had passed away, but now I think that perhaps my noble friend shot her and resurrected Mr Archibald. I am concerned about what is in the Government's mind as regards what lies behind these proposals. If I were less generous of spirit, I might think that there really was a sinister...


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