Results 1–20 of 372 for speaker:Baroness Watkins of Tavistock

Anaesthesia Associates and Physician Associates Order 2024 - Motion to Approve: Amendment to the Motion (26 Feb 2024)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, I declare my interest as a NED of the NHS Executive. I support this order, for many of the reasons that the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, has just explained, but stress that I am extremely unhappy about the division between the reports from various medics and the associates that are planned. One of the big problems is that we do not value junior doctors enough. The phrase we use is...

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

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, I have two questions. First, I understand that NICE will review rather than approve the drugs in question. Secondly, it appears that they extend life but that the end of life is still very similar, so what do the Government intend to do to ensure that carers have sufficient respite and that there is a standard ratio of Admiral nurses to support families, certainly for the next...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Oral Tobacco: Regulation (20 Feb 2024)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: To ask His Majesty's Government whether they have plans to regulate the marketing and advertising of tobacco-free nicotine pouches.

Conversion Therapy Prohibition (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity) Bill [HL] - Second Reading ( 9 Feb 2024)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, the noble Baroness, Lady Brinton, is taking part remotely.

Temporary Accommodation Costs - Question (31 Jan 2024)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, many housing associations have been encouraged to develop homes for shared ownership, yet current trends illustrate that there has been a reduction in applications for this type of accommodation due to increases in mortgage rates and concerns regarding responsibility for maintenance—relating to the Grenfell Tower event. Can the Minister say whether capital could be made available...

Maternity Services - Motion to Take Note (25 Jan 2024)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, I draw attention to my registered interests in healthcare. I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor, for bringing this important debate to the Chamber. Her speech was an absolutely laser-focused analysis of the current situation and summarised many of the issues that I will return to—without, I hope, too much repetition. The current state of maternity services in England is of...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 Jan 2024)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: If the Minister would not mind giving way, I will clarify—I am sure that this is what he meant—that there are many people who are successfully treated for schizophrenia who live in the community. I think that he is referring to an individual who was very ill and who sought the charge of manslaughter yesterday because of diminished responsibility. I would not want the impression to be...

Victims and Prisoners Bill - Committee (1st Day): Amendment 1 (24 Jan 2024)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, I draw attention to my relevant interests as outlined in the register. I support Amendments 8, 12 and 19, which seek to ensure that people who have suffered as a result of a crime committed by a patient with a mental health disorder who is detained in hospital under a restriction order are afforded the same rights under the victims’ code as victims of offenders who are held in the...

Measles Cases - Private Notice Question (22 Jan 2024)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, will the Minister comment on the fact that there is such an unequal distribution of health visitors among different communities? Often young mothers and fathers, in particular, do not have the attention of and discussion with a health visitor about the importance of vaccinations generally. Will the Government look at this in detail so that we can return to the situation we had five...

Regulatory Approval for New Products and Services - Question (22 Jan 2024)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, will the Minister comment on the fact that, during Covid, we were able to get very swift licences for new medical products, including an innovative external ventilator that was developed with UCL? Some of those ventilators are still left, and my understanding is that they are to be destroyed because they no longer meet either need or requirements—but it also seems to be about...

Engineered Stone and Silicosis - Question (15 Jan 2024)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, can the Minister explain what is behind the reluctance to make silicosis a recordable disease? If we did so, we would be able to monitor the size of the problem and put in place further preventative interventions and thus, in the long term, save the public purse in both the NHS and the benefits system.

Refugees: Notice Period for Home Office Accommodation - Question (18 Dec 2023)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, is the Minister confident that these refugees are made aware that the 28 days is commencing when they get their biometric assessment, or do they not realise that until they get the seven-day notice?

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

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, does the Minister accept that many delayed transfers of care from hospital are associated with difficulty in getting social care in people’s own homes? In rural areas, we are still not paying for time spent travelling. Surely there is something we could do much more quickly, before the training certificate, to employ local people in a fair way to provide care in people’s homes,...

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

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, I declare my interests as a NED at NHS England and as a qualified nurse. I commend my noble friend Lady Hollins on her thorough report on the current use of solitary confinement for autistic people and people with learning disabilities using in-patient hospital services. I remind people that the noble Lord, Lord Crisp, has written a book, Health is Made at Home, which argues that...

Mental Health Act 1983 - Question (21 Nov 2023)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, I think that other noble Lords will welcome the idea of sitting down at a round table to look at the future. In particular, what do the Government intend to do to invest in children’s and adolescents’ mental health services to make them accessible in schools? Early intervention will prevent a high proportion of people needing to be sectioned later on.

King’s Speech - Debate (3rd Day) ( 9 Nov 2023)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, it is a pleasure to contribute to this debate on the King’s gracious Speech, and to acknowledge His Majesty’s Government’s commitments for this Session. I declare my interests as chair of Look Ahead, a housing association that supports homeless people, and as a non-executive director at NHS England. First, I turn to education. The Children’s Commissioner emphasises that...

Suicide Prevention Strategy - Question (26 Oct 2023)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, can the Minister assure us that DWP staff are being trained properly in recognising the suicide risk of such claimants? One of the most important things is that people largely want to work and getting rejected following job interviews is a huge risk for that particular population.

Residential Accommodation: Empty Homes - Question (23 Oct 2023)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, the recent Crisis report indicates that if we had a national empty homes initiative, at least 40,000 genuinely affordable homes could be brought back into service by 2028, enabling families to move from bed and breakfasts, and indeed some homeless people to find single accommodation. How will the Government ensure that this happens?

Prison Capacity - Statement (17 Oct 2023)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, there appears to be a significant disparity between the fines levied on people who broke the Covid regulations, particularly for people under 30. Many of them have yet to complete paying their fine. Can the Minister indicate whether His Majesty’s Government will consider an amnesty for unpaid fines, and possibly a rebate for those over £1,000, in order to ensure that no one is...

Minoritised Women: Pay Inequality - Question (19 Sep 2023)

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock: My Lords, does the Minister agree that some pay and equality are associated with barriers to promotion, particularly in our public services? If so, what plans do His Majesty’s Government have to address improving promotion equity for women from black, Asian and other minority backgrounds?


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