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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Ambulance Services: Alcoholic Drinks (20 Aug 2020)

Baroness Brinton: To ask Her Majesty's Government what estimate they have made of the number of alcohol-related ambulance service callouts in each of the last four years in England.

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Leicester) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (29 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, as my noble friends Lord Scriven and Lady Jolly and other noble Lords have commented, these regulations came into force on 4 July, well over three weeks ago, and indeed other towns and areas have had partial lockdowns since. However, there is a real problem with the constant delaying of presenting these regulations to Parliament, which shows that the Government are really not...

Covid-19: Response - Statement (27 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, from these Liberal Democrat Benches, I thank and congratulate all the millions of people, whether paid staff or volunteers, who have worked tirelessly over the last five months to combat this pandemic, serving people and providing support during what is the most extraordinary health crisis in 100 years. As the noble Baroness, Lady Thornton, outlined, it is very disappointing that...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (24 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, many Members have spoken again about the frustration at the delays of three weeks or longer in this House being able to debate the regulations. All sides of your Lordships’ House have repeatedly said that they understand the pressure that Ministers found themselves under earlier in the pandemic, but I respectfully remind the Minister that now that the urgency is easing, surely...

Covid-19: Personal Protective Equipment - Question (16 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, alongside PPE we must have a comprehensive test and trace system to prevent a second wave. Today, the Health Service Journal reports that virtually all the top team of test and trace are leaving, and that McKinsey is contracted to review the governance and entire form of test and trace. Why would the Government bring in a multimillion-pound consultancy firm to review a so-called...

Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review - Statement (15 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Benches, I too thank the noble Baroness, Lady Cumberlege, and her team for such an outstanding report. It is not only comprehensive but blunt in its language, so that no one can misunderstand the failings of all levels of the healthcare system, whether in our NHS or other health and research settings, over many years. We too pay tribute to those...

EU Coronavirus Vaccine Programme - Private Notice Question (13 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: In April, the World Health Organization said that countries must work together to develop a number of Covid-19 vaccines that have concluded successful clinical trials and demonstrate that they can manufacture many millions of doses faster than ever achieved before—none of which is a given. The UK was a signatory to the following World Health Organization declaration: “We will continue...

Environmental Protection (Plastic Straws, Cotton Buds and Stirrers) (England) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (10 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, these regulations are key to the UK’s responsibility to reduce single-use plastics. However, as Trailblazers and other disabled organisations have made clear, there is an issue for some disabled people, who need to use plastic straws because of their flexibility and ability to be used in hot and cold drinks. I thank the Minister for listening to disabled people and ensuring that...

Independent Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review - Private Notice Question (9 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, the country owes an enormous debt of gratitude to the many campaigners who have fought tirelessly over decades to get their issues raised and to ensure that this never happens again. It is good that the Government have apologised on behalf of many Governments, and it is reassuring to hear that there will be some amendments to the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill, but the people...

Covid-19 - Commons Urgent Question (8 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: Today, the Public Accounts Committee has reported real concerns that the Government have no realistic plan for supplying PPE in the event of a second wave. Can the Minister comment on that? I know I ask this regularly, but can the Minister tell the House when all NHS and social care staff, including those working in people’s homes, can get regular, repeated testing that is not dependent on...

Social Care - Question (8 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I remember that there was cross-party support 10 years ago for the Dilnot review’s proposals. I support warmly the comments of the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley, about the need for a national care service. Will this review and White Paper also look at matters that are often forgotten in a care setting: housing standards for life, and sheltered and community settings, to make...

Independent Residential Care - Private Notice Question (7 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: Yesterday, our Prime Minister said that “too many care homes didn’t really follow the procedures”. In March, the care sector asked for testing for patients discharged from hospital. The Government’s reply—not necessary. The sector could not get the promised PPE as government supplies failed to appear. All our amazing 1.6 million care home workers needed testing from March—it took...

Medicinal Cannabis - Question (6 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: Since the law changed in 2018, only two children with severe epilepsy have accessed whole-plant cannabis medicine via the NHS. Recently, a child ended up in intensive care in the middle of the Covid pandemic and almost died because her parents could not fundraise the money to buy her medicine privately. Does the Minister accept that this is a complete failure of the policy and that a new...

Covid-19 Update - Statement (1 Jul 2020)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, first, on behalf of the Lib Dem Benches, I once again pay tribute to all of those who are helping to curb the coronavirus pandemic, whether in the front line or behind the scenes, and especially in Leicester. We know that there are many unsung heroes who continue to work long hours in stressful and ever-changing environments. Secondly, on behalf of these Benches, and in memory of...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (25 Jun 2020)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, from the Liberal Democrat Benches, I start by paying our respects to the families and friends of the bereaved. I give our thanks to all those who continue to fight coronavirus on the front line and behind the scenes. The publicity may be reducing, but we know that the battle goes on. The two regulations in front of us set the scene for the continuing slow lifting of the lockdown. I...

Personal Protective Equipment - Question (24 Jun 2020)

Baroness Brinton: At yesterday’s Home Affairs Select Committee, Dr Jane Townson of the United Kingdom Homecare Association said that domiciliary and personal care workers are still struggling to get access to testing and PPE because the system is not designed for care at home, which means that infection control is almost impossible. Will the Minister undertake as a matter of urgency to review home care...

Coronavirus - Commons Urgent Question (22 Jun 2020)

Baroness Brinton: Following last week’s Urgent Question, the Secretary of State responded to questions about new outbreaks in local areas and local authorities not being given access to all the necessary data. He said: “We have provided more data to them, and we will continue to do more.”—[Official Report, Commons, 17/6/20; col. 810.] I am still hearing from local authorities that the data sent to...

Covid-19: Scientific Advice - Question (17 Jun 2020)

Baroness Brinton: In the week after the SAGE meeting that my noble friend Lord Scriven and the noble Baroness, Lady Wheatcroft, referred to, SAGE met again, on 20 February. The SPI-M report on community transmission, dated 17 February, that was presented at that meeting states at paragraph 16: “Some believe … that there may already be sustained transmission.” However, government guidance on 25...

Covid-19: Mental Health - Question (16 Jun 2020)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, research led by Louisa Codjoe at King’s College London on tackling mental health inequalities found that BAME people are less likely to contact their GP about their mental health, to be prescribed anti-depressants or to be referred to a specialist mental health service. Any failures by the professional health services lead to fear and mistrust among the community, perpetuating a...

Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2020 - Motion to Approve (15 Jun 2020)

Baroness Brinton: My Lords, I think it is fair to say that the House recognises that the Minister, and in fact not just this Minister but those throughout the Department of Health and Social Care, as well as their staff and staff throughout the NHS and social care sector, have been working incredibly hard. It is good to see the numbers of cases, hospital admissions and deaths finally beginning to decrease....


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