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DHSC Answers to Written Questions - Commons Urgent Question (25 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: My Lords, earlier this week, there were 149 outstanding Written Questions addressed to the Department of Health and Social Care on the Lords business paper. My first question, therefore, has to be: when will they be answered? One has to wonder about the quality of the Answers. On 21 July, my noble friend Lord Bassam asked a perfectly reasonable Question about “how many COVID-19 tests have...

Covid-19: Vaccination Prioritisation - Question (25 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: My Lords, I have read the JCVI priority list. As the Minister has indicated, some granularity is going to be vital. There is so far no mention of vulnerable BAME communities, who have borne the disproportionate burden of the pandemic. How will the Government approach those vulnerabilities in setting the priorities and their implementation?

Covid-19: Conflicts of Interest - Question (18 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: May I just say to the noble Lord, Lord Robathan, that we supported the Government having the emergency powers to allow them to act quickly but it is also important, even if people are giving their services for free, that they are held properly accountable. It is rare to be able to return to a question that one feels was unanswered the day before. I asked the Minister if George Pascoe-Watson,...

Covid-19: Conflicts of Interest - Question (18 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: May I just say to the noble Lord, Lord Robathan, that we supported the Government having the emergency powers to allow them to act quickly but it is also important, even if people are giving their services for free, that they are held properly accountable. It is rare to be able to return to a question that one feels was unanswered the day before. I asked the Minister if George Pascoe-Watson,...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: National Institute for Health Protection: Public Appointments (18 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: To ask Her Majesty's Government how long the interim Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection is expected to remain in post.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: National Institute for Health Protection: Public Appointments (18 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the appointment of the interim Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection was made in line with the Governance Code for Public Appointments.

Department of Health and Social Care: Unpaid Advisers - Private Notice Question (17 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: My Lords, I do not see this Question as a challenge at all. It would appear that George Pascoe-Watson, the chair of the lobbying company, Portland Communications, was until recently an adviser to the Minister and used the words, “the decision makers have told me personally”, with regard to the Government’s intended Covid restrictions, in an email to his clients before the proposed...

Reciprocal and Cross-Border Healthcare (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (16 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: I thank the Minister for his introduction. I also thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate, raising an unenviable number of questions that the Minister will need to answer. I want to be clear that I understand the situation here. I am a veteran of this debate. I had a look and I have had this debate in one form or another at least four or five times in the last three years....

European Qualifications (Health and Social Care Professions) (EFTA States) (Amendment etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (16 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: Many of the issues I wanted to raise with the Minister have been raised by the noble Baroness, Lady Jolly. I accept that we will be supporting this regulation and that it is necessary as a tidying-up exercise. As we know, nationals of the EU and other countries make up 9.1% of doctors in England’s hospitals and community services. They account for 6% of all nurses and 5.8% of scientific,...

Covid-19: Vaccine - Private Notice Question (11 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: It is good news indeed. I would like the Minister to share how the Government are preparing to build public confidence in the vaccine and counter the anti-vax campaigns. Following my noble friend’s question earlier, I would be grateful if the Minister could share with the House the plans for reaching harder-to-reach communities, so they can get the information they need and access to the...

Covid-19 Regulations: Assisted Deaths Abroad - Commons Urgent Question (10 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: My Lords, I think it is to be welcomed that the response to the Urgent Question last week was that travelling for the purposes of an assisted death would be exempt from lockdown travel restrictions. However, there are concerns that this Statement did not go into detail about whether family members could accompany people. Legal constraints mean that it is not clear whether the exemption...

Covid-19: Dental Services - Question (10 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: In my view, the Government have offered little support to dentist practices: not exempting them from business rates, even though book- makers and vape shops are exempted, and not offering them key worker status, which has caused problems with childcare. Can the Minister commit to early access to Covid-19 vaccines for all high-street dentists who are NHS contractors, rather than employees? Can...

Covid-19: Transparency and Accuracy of Statistics - Private Notice Question (9 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: When will the Government start sharing data and having meaningful discussions before decisions are taken? Given that public confidence in these decisions is crucial for them to work, will the Government start working with the opposition parties, which they expect to—and which have—supported the lockdowns and proposals, as Keir Starmer and others have been offering for months?

Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (4 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: Like the noble Baroness, Lady Jolly, I will actually be addressing the statutory instrument, the Minister will be pleased to hear. In a way, these Benches are probably the least of his problems tonight. I do not expect that he is thanking his clutch of colleagues who, for one reason or another, are trying to stop these important regulations or have regrets. Of course, most of the regrets are...

Covid-19: Contracts and Mass Testing Programme - Question (4 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: My Lords, it seems to me that, however urgent the requirement for PPE and other services, transparency becomes even more important in those circumstances. The Minister will be fully aware that the Ministerial Code says that Ministers are responsible for ensuring that no conflict exists, or appears to exist, between their personal interests and their public duty. As the former chair of a...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: National Institute for Health Protection: Public Appointments (2 Nov 2020)

Baroness Thornton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the recruitment process for the position of permanent Chair of the National Institute for Health Protection; and when they expect that process to begin.

Covid-19: Charitably Funded Hospices - Question (28 Oct 2020)

Baroness Thornton: It will be quite clear to the Minister now that virtually every single Member of your Lordships’ House has a local hospice to which they are attached. Mine is St John’s Hospice in St John’s Wood, which has just launched an appeal to recoup a £1.3 million shortfall during the pandemic. Because hospices are being asked to take on more and more patients that they do not have the funding...

Covid-19: Test Results - Question (27 Oct 2020)

Baroness Thornton: We move from dogs to the technical teething problems with the app. It seems that the NHS Test and Trace app sends out exposure warnings to people stating that they have to isolate and then a few hours later sends another alert saying that there is no issue and they do not have to isolate. That probably means it is working quite well, but it does not tell anybody where they might have been...

Covid-19: South Yorkshire - Statement (22 Oct 2020)

Baroness Thornton: My Lords, the last few days have been very unfortunate. Arrogance, spitefulness and divisiveness seem to be the characteristics of the Government’s approach to attempting to control the Covid infection these days. If I were being charitable, I might say that this is a product of panic and not actually knowing what to do next. If I were being less charitable, I would say that it is a...

Covid-19 - Statement (20 Oct 2020)

Baroness Thornton: My Lords, first, I declare my interests in the register. I thank the Minister for taking both these Statements, because we are in fact updating ourselves on Thursday’s and Monday’s Statements. Without doubt, the virus continues to grow. The R rate is now between 1.3 and 1.5, unless it has increased in the past 24 hours. We on these Benches welcome the advances in saliva and LAMP testing,...


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