Results 21–40 of 208 for speaker:Baroness Wall of New Barnet

Student Loans — Question (20 Jul 2015)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, it is music to my ears and, I am sure, to those of the noble Baroness, Lady Garden of Frognal, who has obviously been very involved in apprenticeships, to hear the Minister say how important they are. How does the Minister feel about the progress that is not being made in attracting women to take some of the STEM subjects apprenticeships? Many of us have been working hard to achieve...

Local Government Funding — Question (8 Jul 2015)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I am sure that the noble Baroness is aware of the discussions we have had in this House on the NHS; she has just mentioned the better care fund. Is she aware of the effects of the Government’s local government cuts on social care, which mean that people are occupying beds in hospitals longer than they need to or want to, which is causing great delays in A&E?

NHS: Whistleblowing — Question (30 Jun 2015)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, the duty of candour has made a big difference in hospitals to staff owning up if there is a difficulty or they have made a mistake in any part of their service. Does the Minister accept that there is a relationship between that and whistleblowing and with the guardians that are in existence in hospitals, such as in my own in Milton Keynes, where they are designated by the people in...

NHS: Immigration Rules — Question (24 Jun 2015)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I declare an interest as chairman of Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. How are we to reconcile the dilemma that we have just heard about from the Department of Health and from Monitor—cutting back on agency staff—with the impact that this legislation will have on nurses in our hospital and in many others? It will affect not just nurses; lots of people who work in...

Apprentices — Question (10 Jun 2015)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, given that the further education colleges provide the greatest part of the training that is essential for extremely important components of apprenticeships, and given that the Minister has just confirmed that the Government’s target of 3 million apprentices by 2020 is still in place, what is being done to ensure that the FE colleges such as those that are members of the 157 Group,...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (4 Jun 2015)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, would like to congratulate the noble Lord on his entrance into this House, and know that he will play a major role. As somebody who comes from the other side of the north-west divide, I was delighted to hear his rich south Manchester accent is still prevailing. It is really important that we keep the flag flying for the north-west. I want to focus my contribution in this...

NHS: Maternity Care — Question for Short Debate (5 Feb 2015)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My lords I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lord Harrison on securing this important debate about maternity services. Noble Lords have a range of interests to bring to debates and this is no exception. That is terrific. I wish to concentrate on the training and development of maternity staff to meet future needs. We all know that, with advances in clinical techniques and technology, it is...

National Health Service — Motion to Take Note (8 Jan 2015)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend Lord Turnberg for securing this debate; almost every other speaker has referred to the appropriateness of its timing. I declare an interest as the chairman of Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, as I will refer to it considerably. This debate is about the future of the NHS. I was fortunate as the chairman of Milton Keynes Hospital NHS...

NHS: Medical Staff — Question (15 Dec 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am sure the whole House will join in the sentiments expressed by the noble Lord, Lord Fowler, about the tremendous work that these nurses and doctors do in our NHS. I declare an interest as chairman of Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. As I am sure the noble Earl is aware, many of the hospitals now are encouraging some of the African nurses to go back and have an...

Local Authorities: Funding — Question (18 Nov 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, does the Minister accept the implications of local authority cuts for health services? We know from evidence that has come out today, and will continue to come out, of the number of local authorities that have cut beds in the community, ensuring that older people stay in hospital longer. This is affecting my not only own area of Milton Keynes, where I am chair of the Milton Keynes...

Health: Pneumococcal Disease — Question (3 Nov 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am sure that the noble Earl would agree that, not only for this disease, effective vaccination and immunisation lead to fewer people being in hospital and rates of infection being reduced. It also means that we have a much better patient flow coming through. Surely, to be successful, immunisation and vaccination need to be encouraged.

Care Quality Commission (Reviews and Performance Assessments) Regulations 2014 — Motion to Regret (27 Oct 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I thank the noble Baroness for giving way. In response to her comments on nurses and hospitals, she is absolutely right. I emphasised the clinical stuff. However, the CQC interviewed everyone on our board: the non-executive directors, me—as chairman—for an hour and a half, and all our executive directors. It was not just the clinical staff but the whole of the trust, to make sure that we...

Care Quality Commission (Reviews and Performance Assessments) Regulations 2014 — Motion to Regret (27 Oct 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I support in principle the wording of the business that we are dealing with, particularly the emphasis on regular assessment of other than the provider trusts. I share with the House and the Minister why I now feel that that is even more important. I declare an interest as chairman of Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Just last week, we were inspected by the CQC....

Schools: Careers Advice — Question (20 Oct 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, having accepted the proposal and explanation by my noble friend Lady Prosser about the challenges faced by secondary schools, further education institutions and universities, how are the Government going to achieve their goal of having more apprenticeships—a major problem for employers—when most young people going into apprenticeships find out from family rather than from any...

Jobseeker’s Allowance — Question (21 Jul 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, can the noble Lord share with us how many of those jobs will lead to a strong career? For instance, how many lead to apprenticeships, and how many of those jobs give young people the aspirations to go on and make a career for themselves, rather than having a job for a very short time, perhaps without a permanent contract? There must be figures that show that. The importance that...

Health: Secondary Care — Question (26 Jun 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, the noble Earl will know that a number of trusts like my own, which is Barnet and Chase Farm, are trying to remove the barriers that still exist between providers of secondary care and of primary care. What help can the Government give to make sure that primary care is better funded and reinforced so that people do not have to come into hospital, and so that we have an absolutely...

Care: Older People — Question (7 May 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, does the noble Earl accept that the real crisis in care for older people is the closure of many beds within local communities, which forces hospitals such as my own, Barnet and Chase Farm, to hold on to those people when they should not be in a hospital? They do not need medical treatment and are very vulnerable to hospital diseases. That is where the real crisis is. Barnet and...

Tobacco: Packaging — Statement (3 Apr 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I want to briefly add my congratulations on and support for the report, and to associate myself with the frustration that I think my noble friend on the Front Bench has portrayed. Many other people, including clinicians in my own hospital, are already seeing the effects of smoking on children as young as 11, which is very worrying. I should like the noble Earl to think about two...

NHS: Midwives — Question (17 Mar 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Does the Minister accept that the issue is trying to work out how many vacancies there are? The ratio that is defined in the area depends on the hospital. For instance, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals, of which I am chair, has 30 births to one midwife, whereas in other parts of London it could be 28 or fewer. What we have tried to do, in looking at whether we should have a lower ratio, is...

Vocational Qualifications Reform Plan — Statement (5 Mar 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I raise in particular the advanced apprenticeship in health, which I am steering through the round-table discussion that has been going on—I am not sure if the noble Lord is aware of it—working with all the unions and legislation bodies in nursing. We are still having this debate and it is very new; we have had one round-table discussion on nursing. We agreed that we would...


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