Results 41–60 of 208 for speaker:Baroness Wall of New Barnet

Health: Midwives — Question (5 Mar 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, following on from the question from the noble Earl on the Cross Benches, I am sure that the Minister is aware that most trusts—this is certainly the case in the maternity unit at Barnet hospital—now have a community midwife at the birth, and that midwife follows the mother home and stays there for as long as the mother needs support. Therefore, there is one-to-one care from a...

Education: Vocational Education — Question (3 Mar 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Baroness on the points that she made, with which I agree totally. Could we not emulate Germany in another way by recognising vocational qualifications such as apprenticeships? Apprenticeships are celebrated in Germany very much like graduate degrees are celebrated in this country. For instance, engineers who have come up through an apprenticeship route are...

Consular Marriages and Marriages under Foreign Law Order 2014 — Motions to Approve (27 Feb 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I did not intend to speak, but I am one of the Members of this House who was bridesmaid to my noble friend Lord Collins. I have forgotten how many years ago. All of us are now Peers in this House. All of us dressed up beautifully; I am just worried what we will have to wear the second time round, because we are all a bit older and it is a bit more difficult to get us into the things...

NHS: General Practitioners — Question (26 Feb 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I follow on from the question of my noble friend Lord Hunt and the Minister’s acknowledgement that the effectiveness of primary care needs to be improved. I agree with what the Minister said about the improvement in some GP services, but still many individuals come to A&E at all times, whether the surgery is open or otherwise, which makes things very difficult. For instance, Barnet Hospital...

Economy: Manufacturing — Question (10 Feb 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, is the noble Viscount aware of the recent Jaguar Land Rover publication which talks about busting the myths? This company—along with Semta and EAL, which the noble Baroness mentioned—is doing a magnificent job with apprenticeships. However, it is perhaps a little unfair to suggest that all this started with this Government. Jaguar Land Rover now has seven plants in the UK, four...

Employment — Question (9 Jan 2014)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: What amount of money has been put in to ensure that apprenticeships provide a way for the employment figures to reduce and for meaningful employment to be the way forward? The current Government’s commitment to apprenticeships is good but the continuation of payment is a real issue for us. Can he assure the House that that will continue?

Schools Careers Service: Apprenticeships — Question (11 Dec 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, in response to my noble friend’s earlier question, the Minister said that it was really down to employers to do more work. Is he aware that employers try very hard to be in touch with schools, but that there is an issue around head teachers, in particular, encouraging that? As my noble friend Lord Young said, rather than aiming primarily for academic qualifications, this country...

NHS: Walk-in Centres — Question (10 Dec 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, the noble Earl suggested in his response earlier that part of the problem might be that the commissioners felt that they were paying twice. Obviously, GPs are paid for the people on their lists; those same people could use the call centre and they would have to be paid again. How does this fit with the view—certainly the view on the policy—that you can belong to any GP...

NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups’ Funding of Treatment — Question (12 Nov 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, as chair of one of the many trusts that are in financial difficulty—

Nuclear Power: Procurement — Question (11 Nov 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: The Minister’s previous portfolio involved skills that are found in many of the businesses—small and medium-sized enterprises—that will act as suppliers. The Government and the previous Government have focused on those businesses, which provide more than 75% of the workforce. They are absolutely ripe for apprenticeships, which again, is another government aspiration. Can the noble...

Living Wage — Question (6 Nov 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am sure that the noble Viscount is aware of the benefits that the living wage have already demonstrated. He referred specifically to SMEs in his response. I advise him that many SMEs, particularly those in the engineering and technical sectors, already pay well above the minimum wage. They feel that it is the right way forward because they benefit from the commitment of their...

Health: Local Healthwatch Organisations — Question (5 Nov 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, will the noble Earl acknowledge that, certainly from the point of view of people who are working on the ground, the process we are going through is somewhat different from that set out by my noble friend, with whom I hate to disagree? There are obviously challenges at the moment, particularly in A&E, as the noble Earl is aware, but many of the changes have brought a lot of good news...

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

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, welcome the announcement, and I am sure that the noble Earl is not surprised at the depth of feeling I have in welcoming it. I see this as a step towards regulation. He might baulk at that but, as the noble Lord, Lord Willis, said, regulation is important for us, and I have been asking for it for a long time. However, I also have felt: what is it we are regulating in the...

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

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I did not intend for that to happen. Noble Lords may find this quite tedious, but I want to follow both the theme and the specifics of the amendment moved by the noble Lord, Lord Hunt. As to the theme, his statement that things are difficult out there today is quite an understatement. Things are hugely difficult. I spent the morning with the TDA in my trust and heard very difficult...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (8th Day) (29 Jul 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, wish to support the amendment presented by the noble Lord, Lord Warner. I want to focus particularly on the first part of the amendment and I support completely the sentiments within that. One of the points made by the noble Baroness, Lady Jolly, was very important. It is important to try not to have the elderly patients in the hospital so that their right to die wherever...

Medical Litigation: Impact on Medical Innovation — Question (15 Jul 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Saatchi, on linking these two important issues of innovation and litigation. I worry that the innovation that has become part of the Liverpool care pathway has had the reaction that it has. We understand today that there is going to be a cessation of that care pathway, because people are reporting being tarnished by it, whereas many patients have...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (5th Day) (9 Jul 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I also support all these amendments, particularly in relation to the previous discussion of getting older people out of beds that they are blocking, as I think the noble Baroness, Lady Greengross, put it. That is perhaps an inappropriate word but, in reality, those are the facts. The care plan that everybody has talked about is important, and hugely effective when it works. I have...

Care Bill [HL] — Committee (4th Day) (3 Jul 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I know very little about local government other than that I work with them in the health sector, but I wonder whether, with the pressure that is on all of us with the cuts and the absolute need to reduce things, local authorities have looked at every opportunity. All I know is that since our income in an NHS trust has been looked at more carefully, we have had to have a look at the cost...

NHS: Mid-Staffordshire NHS Trust — Question (24 Jun 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I want to reinforce the message put to the Minister this afternoon and tell him what it feels like at the sharp end of the health service. Both my noble friends who have spoken echoed the comments—misquoted or otherwise—made by the Secretary of State. Those comments have caused absolute fear and I am not exaggerating. We had the CQC at our trust on Friday. Our regional person...

Care Quality Commission: Morecambe Bay Hospitals — Statement (20 Jun 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I thank the noble Earl for repeating the Statement. It has caused quite a stir. My worry is two-fold. First, we had a big reaction to what happened at Mid Staffs, and now we have this. I would want us to be very careful not to become desensitised by some of these things—I do not mean in this House, but elsewhere. I will pick up on the comments of the noble Baroness, Lady Emerton, and agree...


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