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Autumn Statement 2022 - Motion to Take Note (29 Nov 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, I declare my interests as set out in the register and, of course, I welcome the Minister back to her place. Others more expert than I have analysed the geopolitical drivers that underpin our current economic outlook. It is impossible not to hold very strong opinions about these and the domestic response that has played into the enormous economic upheaval we face, but my plea is for...

G20 - Statement (17 Nov 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, I was encouraged to hear that my right honourable friend the Prime Minister affirmed that we will not sacrifice quality for speed when it comes to trade deals. Obviously, the Minister has emphasised again that today. Can he give us any more detail about G20 discussions with Prime Minister Modi? In particular, I note that there are substantial synergies when it comes to the UK and...

GPs: Anti-depressants and Alcohol - Question (16 Nov 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: For some patients talking therapies and CBT may be an appropriate treatment for depression, as discussed, but for others next-generation SSRIs may be quite literally life-saving, and I am sure that no one in this Chamber would want to shame or discourage any patient who has been appropriately prescribed such a therapy. The Minister, I know, would want to suggest that GPs should be spoken to...

Government Departments: Communication with Industry and Commerce - Question (14 Nov 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, we all know that difficult decisions on tax and spend must be made, but 100 business and university leaders recently wrote to the Chancellor making it very clear that cuts in R&D would be a false economy, given the evidence-based role it plays in productivity and competitiveness. Will the Minister make it clear today that the Government will listen to those business leaders and that...

Western Jet Foil and Manston Asylum Processing Centres - Statement (1 Nov 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, those of us who have had the misfortune to be an MP representing a detention centre will know that the detention estate has had failings for many years. One of those is that the appeals rate has rested at about 42% against the Government for many years; it was that last year as well. Does the Minister not think that, if the Government were able to make the right decisions on asylum...

Older Persons Commissioner for England - Question (19 Oct 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, it is a rare occasion when you will find me agreeing with the noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, but on this occasion I would ask the Government to think again. We will all remember the horrific cases during the pandemic, when blanket DNACPRs were put out across care homes. I cannot help but think that had there been an older person’s commissioner in place, some of these cases would not...

Edenfield Centre: Treatment of Patients - Commons Urgent Question (13 Oct 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, I have been in the Minister’s place, answering on similar scandals, and I think that the whole House shares the dismay of my noble friend that we are in this place once again. I hope that the Minister will take back the condemnation of this House that such a thing should happen in this country. We want to say that it will never happen again, but I think that we feel as though we...

Skills for Care Report - Question (13 Oct 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, I strongly welcome the Government’s action to put care workers on the shortage occupation list this year, which is important for unlocking immediate supply. However, might I ask the Minister to note two key points from Skills for Care’s report, which are important for further action for sustainable care workers? The first is that, although the retention rate has remained more or...

NHS: Access to Treatments - Question (7 Sep 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, NHS leaders have warned of a life-threatening situation in which clinically vulnerable people are being admitted to hospital after having their energy supplies cut off. This is obviously horrendous for the patients involved, but also risks putting tremendous pressure on NHS systems, which cannot bear that pressure at the moment. I urge the Minister to advise the incoming Health...

Primary Care: Quality and Access Improvements - Question (21 Jul 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, the Carr-Hill funding formula is based primarily on ageing, not need. The RCGP and NHS England have called for this to be reviewed. We saw during the pandemic how outcomes can vary due to inequalities. What is the Government’s view on reforming that funding formula?

Paramedic Services - Question (4 Jul 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Young, is right that handover times have a particular impact on ambulance services. I was pleased to hear the Minister mention recruitment and retention in A&E departments. This is a long-standing problem in emergency services. The Royal College of Emergency Medicine states that emergency medicine has a high attrition rate. I know that a number of steps have...

Roma Community: Levelling Up - Question (27 Jun 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, can the Minister set out in specific terms what steps he is taking, working with the Department of Health and Social Care, to improve health outcomes for the Roma community, especially as the health disparities White Paper is being prepared and the ICBs are being established?

Vaccinations - Question (15 Jun 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, the whole House will know that the great success of the Covid vaccine’s development was not built during the pandemic but over many years of visionary research and investment. What steps are the Government taking to invest in a similar amount of research in next-generation vaccines for things such as cancer and universal flu?

GP Access - Question (7 Jun 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, I am pleased to see that since last July there have already been 1 million scans, tests and checks delivered by the new community diagnostic centres. Can the Minister give us some idea of how these centres are going to improve capacity and the quality of care in our GP services, which we have already heard are under so much pressure?

Children: Cancer - Question (26 May 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, I declare my interest as chair of Genomics England. I am pleased to report to the House that whole-genome sequencing is now improving care for children with cancer as part of the NHS Genomic Medicine Service. In fact, Great Ormond Street recently found that WGS has reclassified diagnosis in 14% of cases, changed management of the condition in 24% of cases and improved diagnosis in...

Border Checks on Imported Goods: New IT Systems - Question (25 May 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, as the Minister develops the border protocols for 2025, will he reconsider prioritisation for medicines and other life-saving products? If we have learned anything for the pandemic, it is that some of these supply chains really are quite fragile. This could do with another look.

Vaccine Distribution - Question (6 Jan 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, vaccine supply is just one part of the picture. We know from this country that rollout and vaccine confidence are just as important, and the UK has extensive experience in some of the countries with the lowest uptake. Can the Minister say what steps we are taking with the COVAX programme and others to improve uptake?

Building Regulations: Sanitary Provision - Question (5 Jan 2022)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, if he is not already planning to, can I suggest that the Minister pick up on the excellent suggestion of the noble Lord to work with not only NGOs but perhaps search engines, to increase the visibility of facilities for those who need them most?

Health and Care Bill - Second Reading (7 Dec 2021)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, it is a pleasure to follow the noble Lord, who was chief executive at my father’s hospital. I refer to my role as chair of Genomics England, as declared in the register. The future of health and care must be collaboration, increased productivity and innovation. To that end, there is much to welcome in the Bill. As the noble Lord, Lord Stevens, put it so clearly in his outstanding...

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe - Commons Urgent Question (27 Oct 2021)

Baroness Blackwood of North Oxford: My Lords, can the Minister say whether it has been possible to make a reasoned assessment of Nazanin’s health and whether she has been able to access any medical care?


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