Results 61–80 of 208 for speaker:Baroness Wall of New Barnet

NHS: Accident and Emergency Units — Question (19 Jun 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I declare an interest as the chair of Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust. I was in my A&E department at Barnet Hospital this morning for two hours. In addition to the concerns that my noble friend has expressed, the real issue is that people are turning up at A&E who really should not be there, do not need to be there and ought to be able to get treatment elsewhere....

Care Bill [HL] — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (12 Jun 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: I support the amendment and in particular the argument for the chief primary and community care inspector. Many of us who operate within the service—even people who use it—know that often the weakness has been in the delivery of primary care. We talked earlier about reconfiguration. The only way that that would be successful is if we had better primary care facilities and care that people...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (3rd Day) (12 Jun 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, unlike my noble friend Lord Warner, I am not a connoisseur, other than about what happens in my trust. Maybe I can share our experiences in response to the questions on which my noble friend Lord Warner has been seeking clarification. I think it will answer some of them, although not all. As many noble Lords will know, 18 months ago Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust took the...

Education: Reform of GCSEs — Statement (11 Jun 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I welcome the Minister’s Statement. I am involved in skills and in working with employers, and as late as yesterday I hosted an event here for employers who deal with STEM subjects. The information the Minister shared with us is very much in tune with what is being experienced out there. My first point follows on from the comments about how we engage parents. A key thing that came...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (4 Jun 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I would like to understand what Amendment 14 is suggesting, and maybe express some reservations. If I have read it wrongly, I apologise. It is important that Health Education England takes official guidance into account, but we have this dilemma in my own trust about what the Francis report is saying. To have a national edict about what staffing levels ought to be, and the ratios...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (4 Jun 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, support Amendment 36. I just want to pick out something that the noble Earl mentioned a little while ago in response to another question from me. He mentioned the work being done by Skills for Health and Skills for Care. Certainly in the context of this amendment—which, I agree, is a probing amendment—alongside the royal colleges and the other professional bodies, the...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (4 Jun 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: Is the Minister in a position to respond to my points? I understand the importance of the medical royal colleges and the professional bodies, but the noble Earl described earlier how Health Education England has responsibility for the whole workforce. I sought from him the opportunity to describe where Skills for Health and Skills for Care come in. I should point out that I have spoken three...

Care Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (Continued) (4 Jun 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I support Amendment 12 in particular. It will be no surprise to the Minister that my interest, even my passion, lies in the status of healthcare workers, which is hugely important. We are recognising that even more by the way in which the continuing change in the health service is coming about. I wish to pick up on the way the Bill reads in the context of the amendment. The clause...

Queen's Speech — Debate (3rd Day) (13 May 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, will quote from Her Majesty's gracious Speech, even though when you are almost 40th on the list, I guess there is nothing new that one can say. I quote in particular the statement: "My Government's first priority is to strengthen Britain's economic competitiveness. To this end, it will support the growth of the private sector and the creation of more jobs and opportunities"....

NHS: 111 Telephone Service — Question (13 May 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, the Minister has just stolen my thunder in his response to the noble Lord. Does the Minister have any idea when the failings in the system will be sorted? At the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, of which I declare an interest as chair, we see extra people coming into A&E who, as he has just said, are very poorly and should not really be in hospital because they need...

NHS: Out of Hours Service — Question (26 Mar 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: The noble Earl will, I am sure, recall the discussion we had just a few days ago about the inspection of patients at home. That discussion was about ensuring that patients at home who were poorly in the evening did not end up in hospital. My noble friend has just indicated the tremendous pressure that all hospitals are under in terms of length of stay because of older people arriving and...

Alcohol: Minimum Pricing — Statement (14 Mar 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I share with the Minister the grave disappointment in my own NHS trust on hearing the decision not to pursue this. The noble Lord and others have already described this but in our A&E department-not just on a Saturday night but on many other nights-lots of young people are there in a very bad state of health, which obviously impinges on the other people who are trying to be seen....

Care Quality Commission — Question (14 Mar 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am sure that the noble Earl will welcome this report, as my noble friend has, because there are many good news stories in it. I am sorry that I have had time to read the report only quickly. In the inspection, the Care Quality Commission looked for opportunities to maintain older people in their homes, rather than have them come into hospital; that is hugely important. The...

Women: Board Membership — Question (7 Mar 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am sure that the noble Baroness is aware of the tremendous investigation and work carried out by my noble friend Lord Davies of Abersoch. One fundamental issue that has come through in that research is that role models start very young. Are the Government consciously working to ensure that young women going from schools into colleges and universities-that is, black women and those...

Healthcare: Support Workers — Question (28 Jan 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, congratulate the Government on the steps that they have taken so far, although they have taken a long time to do them. In addition to the area that the noble Lord, Lord Willis, talked about, there are still issues inside hospitals of patients not understanding that healthcare assistants are qualified to do the work that they are doing, while the healthcare assistants...

Public Service Pensions Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (15 Jan 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I, too, would like to support in particular Amendment 53 and to some degree Amendment 54, especially with regard to the front-line staff in the ambulance service. I am sure the Minister is aware that in the private sector the task of the job and the onerous nature of that task is always directly related to age regarding how pensions are dealt with. Very often there is mood music...

NHS: South London Healthcare Trust — Private Notice Question (8 Jan 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am sure that the noble Earl recognises the experience I have had as chairman of the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, which went through a similar exercise that took many years. First, however, I want to associate myself with the comments made by my noble friend Lord Warner, and I support the action that has been taken. I recognise what my noble friend said about the...

Housing: New Homes — Question (8 Jan 2013)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I am sure that the noble Baroness is aware of construction jobs that are not being fulfilled in the present climate. Although the Government's approach to unemployment and apprenticeships is one that everyone endorses and supports, is it not possible for that to be re-enacted in a vigorous and real way to ensure that people in apprenticeships in the construction industry have the...

Care Services: Winterbourne View — Statement (10 Dec 2012)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, I also congratulate the Minister on repeating this Statement made earlier in the other place, and I welcome the report itself. I want to refer to a couple of areas and follow up his reassurance about the patient care pathway. The importance of that pathway, I am sure he knows, is not only in having it but ensuring that it is carried out with regular updates, and that the progress...

Schools: Arts — Question (19 Nov 2012)

Baroness Wall of New Barnet: My Lords, is the Minister aware that what ought to be included in the discussion around the arts, drama and dance is how these subjects will lead to employment in the way in which the qualifications are designed and delivered? The creative and cultural sector skills councils are all one now and it would be advisable to talk to Creative Skillset about what skill sets employers are looking for.


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