Results 41–60 of 4287 for speaker:Lord Bethell

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirous: Vaccination (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: Each vaccine has specific contraindications which will outline those in whom the vaccine could potentially be considered unsafe. To date this has only been those with known hypersensitivity to the active substance or to any of the excipients listed in the individual vaccine information. Administration of a vaccine for anyone with any other underlying health condition should be on an...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Drugs: Northern Ireland (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The United Kingdom Government is continuing to engage with the European Commission on this matter to ensure that there is no impediment to securing access to vital medicines across the UK, including Northern Ireland.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Drugs: Northern Ireland (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The Department, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency and the Northern Ireland Department of Health are continuing to work closely with industry partners and will continue to do so throughout 2021 to help ensure the continuity of supply of medicines to Northern Ireland. This includes regular and intensive engagement with industry to understand any issues and to support them...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: This information is not held in the format requested. It is not possible to separate the costs incurred for setting up COVID-19 mass vaccination hubs from the overall investment in vaccination sites because of their utilisation of cross-programme resources for workforce, logistics and other support. Overall, approximately £4.8 million has been spent on setting up vaccination centres in...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The Government and NHS England and NHS Improvement have been working closely with local vaccination providers and system partners to put arrangements in place to help support Muslims to receive their vaccination, particularly if they are invited during Ramadan. We have ensured through key messaging from scholarly leaders and the British Islamic Medical Association that it is permissible to...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (29 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: We have made no such assessment. Public Health England (PHE) is monitoring the effectiveness of the vaccines, including the effects of dosage schedules. Data from the programme shows the first dose of either the BioNTech/Pfizer or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine provides substantial protection within two to three weeks of vaccination. Additionally, data from PHE’s SIREN study shows that both...

Northern Ireland: Flight Passengers and Covid-19 - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, coronavirus restrictions, including the arrival of international travellers, are led by the Northern Ireland Executive. I am extremely grateful to the Northern Ireland Minister of Health who is working closely with his counterpart in the Irish Government to facilitate the sharing of data for international travellers travelling across the border. The Government continue to support...

Northern Ireland: Flight Passengers and Covid-19 - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I recognise the challenge to which the noble Lord refers. It is, of course, a fact that coronavirus restrictions in Northern Ireland are determined by the Northern Ireland Executive as part of the devolution settlement, as I am sure he would recognise. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has raised the issue with the Irish Foreign Minister on a number of occasions to press...

Northern Ireland: Flight Passengers and Covid-19 - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I am enormously grateful to the Irish Government for the very large amount of informal clinical data-sharing that goes on. CMOs of both countries exchange data on such matters as VOCs the whole time, and that kind of day-to-day clinical exchange of on-the-ground information works extremely well. The specific question of travel information is a lacuna that needs to be closed, I...

Northern Ireland: Flight Passengers and Covid-19 - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: I reassure the noble Baroness that the data flows between borders, Test and Trace, NHS and JBC work extremely well. I was in the Covid Gold meeting earlier today and we had presentations that captured all the data flows from all those places, and we have extremely good see-through on VOCs, infection rates and bed occupancy. The progress we have made on that area is astounding. Where we have...

Northern Ireland: Flight Passengers and Covid-19 - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: I am pleased to tell the noble Baroness that, as of 27 April, 1.2 million vaccinations have been administered in Northern Ireland, of which 919,000 were first doses and 356,000 were second doses. That is an astonishing figure. I am extremely proud of the figure and very grateful to all those concerned.

Northern Ireland: Flight Passengers and Covid-19 - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I reassure the noble Lord that the issue is caused by no lack of friendship or spirit of collaboration between the two Administrations. The CAA and all the relevant authorities have a huge amount of commitment to resolving this. There are legal issues that require Acts of Parliament in Ireland and in Britain in order to resolve this; these are quite substantial legal commitments...

Care Home Occupancy Rate - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, occupancy levels are hard to measure precisely. However, data from providers indicate that occupancy rates in care homes for older people have been adversely affected by the pandemic. We have made over £6 billion available, through grants that are not ring-fenced, to help councils tackle the impact of Covid-19 on services, including adult social care. We have made it clear to...

Care Home Occupancy Rate - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I note the intelligence from the Alzheimer’s Society, but I emphasise it is not the responsibility of central government to raise the occupancy rates of care homes. This area is supplied mainly by the private market. Players may choose to leave the market if occupancy rates fall, and local councils have been provided with more than £6 billion that should be drawn on to support...

Care Home Occupancy Rate - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The noble Baroness makes a perfectly fair point. Moving into a care home is a difficult and potentially stressful experience. Moving in at a time of Covid, when, as the noble Baroness rightly points out, there are heavy restrictions, is very difficult. Those restrictions are in place to save lives. They are under constant review, and when the infection rates warrant leaving them behind, we...

Care Home Occupancy Rate - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I absolutely join my noble friend in commending the incredible contribution of care home staff, domiciliary staff, unpaid care workers and all those who support loved ones, neighbours and residents. The Covid pandemic has shone a light on the selfless contribution of those people. The service continuity and care market review keeps a careful eye on the financial stability of the...

Care Home Occupancy Rate - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The noble Baroness makes a good point. There is always a tension in having enough beds in care so that those who need somewhere to be supported are not sent to hospital, thereby occupying valuable beds that should be used for elective surgery or other more complex and important procedures. We are working closely with the CQC to ensure that the right strategies are in place to deal with that.

Care Home Occupancy Rate - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I have heard the noble Baroness and others express their concerns about the sector, but I reassure noble Lords that it is not in overall long-term decline. In fact, the number of care home beds has remained broadly constant over the last 10 years, with 460,000 in 2010 and 458,000 in April 2021. But I recognise the noble Baroness’s question, and it is right that we are going to...

Care Home Occupancy Rate - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, we have written to local authorities to make it clear what the funding is there for and to make recommendations on the sort of financial support that may be needed to bridge this moment when occupancy levels have been reduced because of concerned families taking their loved ones out of care homes. That funding is in place, and it is up to local authorities to make their decisions on...

Care Home Occupancy Rate - Question (28 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, there is an important area of support for those who decide to have care at home. During the pandemic, we did an enormous amount to ensure that there were infection-safe procedures and to reduce the use of itinerant care workers in order to provide safety for those who were at home. Support for those who choose to be cared for at home should be increased. I do not recognise the idea...


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