Results 1–20 of 562 for speaker:Baroness Wheeler

NHS: Dementia Commission Report - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Wheeler: To ask His Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking in response to the NHS Innovation and Life Sciences Commission’s Dementia Commission: 2023 Report.

NHS: Dementia Commission Report - Question (22 Feb 2024)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, the commission’s wide-ranging and comprehensive report is very welcome, but it heavily reinforces the urgent need for radical change in the way we diagnose, treat and care for dementia patients and support their families and carers. To ensure timely, speeded-up diagnosis, the training of primary care practitioners in dementia-specific symptoms and diagnostic methods is crucial....

Care of Critically Ill Children - Question (29 Jan 2024)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, I emphasise that the task force recommended by Nuffield to oversee its key recommendations needs to get to work urgently. The family-focused research work with parents, including parent carers, about their experiences of shared decision-making with healthcare professionals on care and treatment, is vital, as is the comprehensive information and guidance for parents and staff that is...

Care Home Staffing - Question (18 Jan 2024)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, the Minister told the House on Tuesday that hospital discharges have recently been reduced by 10%. However, he knows that this figure goes up and down as some people leave hospital while more come in at the other end, and it depends on which period of time is measured. From July to November last year there was in fact a steady rise, so we need to be specific about dates when we talk...

Adult Social Care: Staffing - Question (12 Dec 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: The Nuffield Trust has called the NAO findings a “damning indictment of the Government’s progress towards delivering social care change”. To follow on from my noble friend’s question, the NAO points out that only 7.5% of the much vaunted £265 million allocated by the Government to addressing social care staff shortages and recruitment for 2023-35 has actually been spent, heavily...

Learning Disabilities and Autism: Solitary Confinement in Hospital - Question for Short Debate (23 Nov 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: I too congratulate the noble Baroness, Lady Hollins, on securing this debate, which is a welcome opportunity to listen to the detail of her excellent report, following on from this morning’s wider mental health discussions, and to the hear the Minister’s full response to the report itself. It is also a good opportunity to focus on the long-term segregation of autistic people and people...

Mental Health: Children and Young People - Motion to Take Note (23 Nov 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, this has been an excellent debate, with the knowledge and expertise we expect from across the House and from the very moving and comprehensive introduction from the noble Earl, Lord Russell, in particular on the consequences of family poverty for children’s and young people’s mental health. I too I congratulate the noble and learned Baroness, Lady Hale, on her powerful maiden...

Adult Social Care - Question (22 Nov 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, the NAO’s recent figures show that so far, only 7.5% of the much-vaunted £265 million allocated by government to addressing social care staffing shortages and recruitment for 2023-25 has been spent due to the DHSC staff recruitment freeze; and the training workforce development programme has also stalled because the department has not managed to set up the necessary systems to...

Autism: In-patient Care in Mental Health Hospitals - Question (14 Nov 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: Thankfully, my Lords, understanding of and support for autism have changed substantially since the now 40 year-old Mental Health Act, especially about being clear on what an autism-friendly environment looks like and should be, although sadly that is not often found in mental health settings and ATUs. Did the Government’s decision to abandon the new mental health Bill this Session include...

Children’s Hospices: Funding - Question (14 Nov 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, most of us will have the amazing work of our own local children’s hospice in mind today in response to this Question. Ours in Surrey is the care and support that the Shooting Star Children’s Hospices provide for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. We fully support the children’s hospice grant going directly to a hospice. It is...

Respiratory Syncytial Virus: Immunisation Programme - Question (19 Oct 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, the JCVI endorses the RSV vaccination programme for 75 year-olds and ages above, but its 11 September statement underlines that the cost-effectiveness of vaccinating over 65s should also be kept under review, particularly as evidence of the protection offered to over 75s emerges. Does the Minister have any further information on how this review has been taken forward, and on...

Adult Social Care (Adult Social Care Committee Report) - Motion to Take Note (16 Oct 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, we have had an excellent but very sobering debate, throwing the spotlight on the current state of adult social care, against the backdrop of the committee’s landmark report on what the service could look like now and in the future—if the people needing support and care were properly enabled to live the “gloriously ordinary life” which my noble friend Lady Andrews and the...

Paediatric Care: Wating Times - Question (16 Oct 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: To ask His Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of the impact of the length of waiting times for paediatric care on children’s developmental outcomes.

Paediatric Care: Wating Times - Question (16 Oct 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges has described sick children as the “forgotten casualties of the NHS’s waiting list crisis” across hospital and community health. NHS data shows that over 220,000 are waiting for children’s and young people’s services, including paediatrics, autism spectrum disorder diagnosis, health visiting, and speech and language therapy. Even...

Nursing Courses: Reduction in Applications - Question (19 Sep 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, the figures on overall declining numbers are concerning, particularly since this is the second successive steep fall, with, as the Minister said, the Department of Health relying on the UCAS clearing system and future nurse apprenticeships to try to make up the numbers. What changes does the Minister consider need to be made to the NHS workforce plan in the light of escalating...

National Health Service: Major Conditions Strategy - Question (18 Sep 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: To ask His Majesty’s Government what additional funding is being made available for the implementation of the Department for Health and Social Care’s Major Conditions Strategy.

National Health Service: Major Conditions Strategy - Question (18 Sep 2023)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, the major conditions strategy has been well received in both approach and content, particularly the focus on primary and secondary prevention as part of a life-course approach, and bringing together a strategic framework for the six major conditions that drive over 60% of morbidity in England, including cancer, heart disease and stroke. However, key stakeholders have warned that,...


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