Results 1–20 of 144 for speaker:Baroness Emerton

NHS Mandate - Statement (25 Apr 2019)

Baroness Emerton: The 2014 Act stated clearly that we were looking for safe staffing. The cry at the moment is an urgent plea for a safe staffing formula that will satisfy the needs of the whole population. As far as I can see, five years after the law was passed, we are now looking at another two or three years. We are really in a situation in which safe staffing is the top priority.

NHS: Staff - Question (13 Nov 2018)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, how are the Government determining the safe level of staffing? In the Health and Social Care Act, one of the requirements was to look for safe levels. Could the Minister tell us how the Government will assure us that they are safe levels?

The NHS - Motion to Take Note ( 5 Jul 2018)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Darzi, on opening the debate and thank him for being such a breath of fresh air, as he always is when he speaks in this House. I also thank the right reverend Prelate the Bishop of Carlisle for his words. It reminds me to confess my qualifications in the register as a retired nurse and midwife who started 65 years ago. I started in 1946 as...

The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care - Motion to Take Note (Continued) (26 Apr 2018)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Patel, and the committee members for the report. It was like taking a breath of fresh air when I read it. With my experience over some years in the health service, it came alive straightaway. The report states that the, “biggest internal threat to the sustainability of the NHS”, is the, “absence of any comprehensive national long term strategy”,...

NHS: Staff - Motion to Take Note (30 Nov 2017)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Clark, for his introduction. I declare my interests as listed in the register: I am a retired nurse and a retired midwife. I joined the health service in 1953 as a student nurse and I have had a privileged career. I find it very sad to stand here and talk about the health service we see today. I have read the evidence given to the Health Committee in the...

NHS and Social Care: Impact of Brexit - Motion to Take Note (21 Jul 2016)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, I congratulate and thank my noble friend Lady Watkins not only for securing this debate but for her excellent speech and setting the scene so ably this afternoon. I also thank the noble Viscount, Lord Bridgeman, for his tenacity of purpose. Ever since I joined the House, he has shown tenacity of purpose in regard to the English language and the statutory bodies. I declare an...

Learning Disabilities: Transforming Care - Question ( 9 Jun 2016)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, I thank the Minister for reminding us how many patients have been removed from hospital, but I declare an interest that goes back to the 1970s, when I was responsible for transferring 1,500 and then another 1,200 patients from hospital through a joint working party involving social services and the health service. It seems that we have discharged patients. The Royal College of...

Trade Union Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (23 Feb 2016)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, first, I apologise for not being present at Second Reading. I know it is customary not to speak in Committee unless—

Trade Union Bill - Committee (3rd Day) (23 Feb 2016)

Baroness Emerton: I joined the Royal College of Nursing in 1957 and I am still an active member and fellow of the college. I support all that it does on both the professional and labour relations sides. I have also been chairman of a trust and of a regulatory body, so I have had a considerable amount of management experience. Had I been present at Second Reading, I would have spoken clearly against Clause 12...

National Health Service — Motion to Take Note (14 Jan 2016)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, it is my great privilege to welcome the noble Baroness, Lady Watkins of Tavistock, to the House and to extend warm congratulations to her on her most excellent maiden speech. It is an indication of the expertise that we can look forward to in her future contributions. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, for the opportunity to debate this important topic, which is to see how the...

National Health Service: Sustainability — Motion to Take Note ( 9 Jul 2015)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Patel on securing this debate and on his timely contribution. I refer back to the 1942 Beveridge report and the six years it took for the politicians to agree the NHS Bill and launch the NHS. I have been privileged to serve the NHS for 60 years, during which time many reports have been published proposing changes to meet the needs of the...

Care Sector: Apprenticeships — Question ( 6 Jul 2015)

Baroness Emerton: Does the noble Earl agree that the apprenticeship scheme should encourage young people, particularly those coming into nursing, but that at the same time it is important that enough supervision and basic knowledge are given to apprentices before they are allowed to practise, to prevent any mishaps or mistakes being made and ensure that the quality of care is satisfactory?

NHS: Immigration Rules — Question (24 Jun 2015)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, the Royal College of Nursing’s underlying concern in its report was the safety of patients due to shortage of nurses. The royal college is greatly concerned that there has been a cutback in training places because of the inclusion of overseas nurses over the last three years. Can the Minister see whether the report will result: first, in an increase of nurses in training back to...

Health: Palliative Care — Question (23 Jun 2015)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, yesterday I was at the Royal College of Nursing, where a lot of work has gone into producing advice on end-of-life care. It has produced a small pocket handbook—and a larger one that goes with it. If the Minister has not seen the handbook, perhaps he would find it useful, from the point of view of spreading it through care homes and hospitals. End-of-life care is in the curriculum...

Queen’s Speech — Debate (5th Day) ( 3 Jun 2015)

Baroness Emerton: Seven lines and one word in the gracious Speech summarise the programme to be undertaken by the Government, behind which lies a tremendous amount of work, as set out in the forward view programme for the NHS. It sets a formidable number of changes to be effected by many currently in post, requiring tenacity of purpose in the management of change, which is set out clearly. Again, there is no...

Maternity Services in Morecambe Bay — Statement ( 3 Mar 2015)

Baroness Emerton: I thank the Minister for repeating the Statement. I want to pick up two points. The report by the King’s Fund relating to the supervision of midwifery said that there was a risk in changing the situation because there might be no one ready to take on the job. That is a very telling phrase in what is a very long and sad report about what has been going on. We need to be very clear. I hope...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, the Bill proposes a major change in the criminal law. The title used for the previous Bill was assisted suicide, while this one is assisted dying. “Assisted dying” is a much more attractive term to the public, and I think it has attracted the large number of letters that we have all had. We have to address this, as many noble Lords have said, by seeing that there are enough...

Medical Innovation Bill [HL] — Second Reading (27 Jun 2014)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, I add my thanks to the noble Lord, Lord Saatchi, for putting forward this important Bill. I add my appreciation to all those who have provided helpful and thought-provoking briefs. I also thank Peers who have widened the debate and discussion today. I declare an interest, being a retired nurse, a former lay member of the General Medical Council and a member of its professional...

Care Bill [HL] — Third Reading (29 Oct 2013)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, I support the amendment in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Hamilton, and agree with the views just expressed by the noble Baroness about spirituality. I ask for the forgiveness of your Lordships’ House for this late intervention on the subject. I speak as a retired nurse, but I am nevertheless aware of the situations that nurses are placed in concerning this issue. Let me start...

Care Bill [HL] — Report (4th Day) (21 Oct 2013)

Baroness Emerton: My Lords, I, too, thank the noble Earl the Minister for what he has said. I think I have probably been more of a pain than anybody on this subject. I thank the noble Earl very much for the assurances that he has given. I have one or two very quick questions. He knows that I have a thing about Skills for Care and Skills for Health. Who is going to decide the membership of those groups? I am...


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