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Queen’s Speech - Debate (6th Day) (22 Oct 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, I am focusing on health and social care. My noble friend Lady Sherlock’s excellent speech made clear the context in which the Government’s recent rush to show their concern and commitment to the NHS needs to be seen. There have been swingeing cuts since 2010—just to remind ourselves how long this Government have been in office—staff vacancies in key areas such as GPs,...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Third Reading: Motion (5 Sep 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, I speak on behalf of these Benches and of my noble friends Lady Smith and Lord McNicol, who helped me take the reins of the Bill from our side when my noble friend Lady Smith became somewhat otherwise engaged with developments elsewhere. I too place on record our thanks to the Government for their co-operation on this Bill and to parliamentarians in both Houses who helped ensure...

Personal Healthcare Budgets: Sheffield - Question (4 Sep 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, NHS continuing healthcare is supposed to provide a lifeline when older people and their families are at their most vulnerable and face sky-high costs as the result of chronic health conditions. However, this system is confusing and the rules arbitrary, resulting in a significant postcode lottery. Since 2015 more than 4,000 adults have died while awaiting a decision on their care to...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Report: Amendment 8 (3 Sep 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, we welcome and fully support the principle behind Amendment 8, which underlines that the work should be carried out without delays and must be cost effective. The sponsor body has said it expects the current timeline for the project to be around 10 years, from the mid-2020s to the mid-2030s. Of course, there remains some vagueness around this length of time, and we hope the sponsor...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (3 Sep 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, this is an important amendment in the name of my noble friend Lady Smith. It aims for us to learn the lessons of the past and ensure that we have the necessary long-term plans and steps in place after the new building has been completed and handed back to Parliament to facilitate its ongoing and future maintenance and improvement. Amendment 7 takes the Minister at his word in...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Report: Amendment 7 (3 Sep 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: I thank the noble Earl for his reassurances on the importance of this matter and for his thorough and helpful explanation of both the reporting and future monitoring delivery arrangements. I feel very reassured. Obviously, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Scott, in particular for her willingness to meet with me and my colleagues to discuss this further. I certainly welcome the reassurance,...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Report: Amendment 1 (3 Sep 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, we welcome the Government’s amendments in this group, and their focus on public engagement and awareness. Amendment 1 creates a duty on the sponsor body to promote public understanding of restoration and renewal, while Amendment 2 introduces a need for the sponsor body to ensure the works facilitate engagement and a participatory democracy. Amendment 5 ensures that the sponsor...

NHS: Dentistry Services - Motion to Take Note (25 Jul 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, this has been an excellent and comprehensive debate, made particularly authoritative by contributions from former dentists. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Gardner, for securing it. The noble Baroness is quite right that there are many serious problems related to accessing NHS dentistry services that must be urgently addressed. We share her concern that large swathes of the country...

Adult Social Care - Question (25 Jul 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services Budget Survey 2019 on the state of adult social care.

Adult Social Care - Question (25 Jul 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, the ADASS survey results provide yet more evidence of the ongoing crisis in social care caused by persistent underfunding and a fragile and failing care market. As the report says, there are planned cuts of £700 million to adult social care budgets in the current financial year and there have been cumulative cuts of £8 billion since 2010. On the last day of our current Session,...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee (Continued): Amendment 7 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, we fully support the amendments from my noble friend Lord Blunkett, which would place a duty on the sponsor body to ensure that all parts of the completed buildings used by people working in them, or open to the public visiting, are accessible, and on the delivery authority to publish a report on how it will ensure that the restored Palace of Westminster is fully accessible to MPs,...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 3 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, I am pleased that this group of amendments is being debated here today to deal with the responsibilities the sponsor body will have, in particular those relating to the contracts to be awarded. I thank the Minister for the Government’s Amendment 3 on the social responsibilities of the sponsor body, which fulfils their promise in the Commons to address the concern raised by my...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 2 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, I will make a brief intervention before the Minister responds. The broad sentiment behind Amendments 2 and 21A to ensure that consideration is given to how other constructions could impact on the restoration and renewal programme is fully acknowledged by us. I listened with interest to the comments of the noble Lord, Lord Cormack. I am also a great fan of Victoria Tower Gardens. I...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, it is with great pleasure that I open the Committee stage of this Bill. My noble friend Lady Smith—who, as the House will know, was a member of the original Joint Committee and spoke with her usual eloquence and depth at Second Reading on behalf of these Benches—unfortunately has other commitments and cannot be here until later but is very much hoping to join us as soon as...

Parliamentary Buildings (Restoration and Renewal) Bill - Committee: Amendment 1 (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: I thank the noble Baroness for her comments. After today, I will look at the legal and constitutional issues that she raised. I am very grateful for her reassurances about accepting the principle. If we feel that we need to reinforce that, we will come back on Report. In answer to my noble friend Lord Adonis, the “earliest possible opportunity” reference will be taken up in later...

Mental Health: Weight and Shape-related Bullying - Question (22 Jul 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, the latest Barnardo’s report, Overcoming Poverty of Hope, showed that 69% of young people, “feel they will have worse ‘overall happiness and mental health’ compared to their parents’ generation”, with one young person saying that social media is “massive for mental health” because of the, “unrealistically high expectations of body image and lifestyles”. On top of...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Asthma: Death (19 Jul 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Royal College of Physicians The National Review of Asthma Deaths, published on 6 May 2014; and what plans they have to implement that report's recommendations.

Asthma - Question (3 Jul 2019)

Baroness Wheeler: My Lords, I am sure that the Minister will know about the recent shocking report from the BMA describing the UK health system as complacent about the risks of asthma. It comments on and documents some of the tragic deaths of young children who would still be alive if their chronic asthma had been properly cared for. It shows a sorry litany of absence of a proper asthma plan across primary and...


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