Results 81–100 of 4287 for speaker:Lord Bethell

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Health Services: Private Sector (27 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: No assessment has been made. There is no general provision which allows the National Health Service to recover the costs of problems which have occurred during treatment in the private health sector. Where a private sector hospital or surgeon has been negligent and that negligence results in a damages claim against the party concerned, there is provision for the NHS hospital which...

National Health Service (Charges and Pharmaceutical and Local Pharmaceutical Services) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - Motion to Regret (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, for tabling the Motion on this topic. I also take this opportunity to express our profound thanks to community pharmacies. The noble Lord, Lord Hunt, put it extremely well. They are an absolutely key part of our NHS family, and they have risen monumentally to the many challenges brought by this pandemic. Community pharmacies adapted...

Folic Acid - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, for keeping this issue live. Noble Lords will appreciate that we are in the pre-election period for the Welsh and Scottish parliamentary elections and, as this is a UK-wide consultation, we cannot make any policy announcements at this time. But I can advise that, since my last reply, Ministers have looked at this extremely closely and hope to...

Folic Acid - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I would be glad to take the noble Lord’s recommendation back to the department; he puts it extremely persuasively. As I said, we have looked at the substantial point closely and it is extremely persuasive, as the noble Lord rightly put it. We hope to come forward with recommendations as soon as the elections are over.

Folic Acid - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: I completely endorse the tribute of the noble Baroness to those who have worked on this policy. She is right: the science that has gone into this has been persuasive around the world. I thank those in industry who worked with us on our pilot, which proved extremely successful. We are in good shape when it comes to thinking through the implementation of such a policy. My hands are tied at the...

Folic Acid - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I join the noble Lord in paying tribute to all those who have worked so hard, particularly the noble Lord, Lord Rooker, who has delivered a playbook campaign on this. Being on the receiving end, I pay tribute to the grace, persuasiveness and energy with which he has conducted that campaign. He is not the only one, and I pay tribute to the personal testimony of the noble Lord, Lord...

Folic Acid - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My noble friend is right: with half of pregnancies unplanned or unexpected, it is entirely right that we should seek to raise issues such as folic acid. The Government are committed to the preventive agenda, and folic acid is just one among many examples where we hope to mobilise public interest in looking after their own health to avoid these kinds of conditions. Her point is extremely well made.

Folic Acid - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The noble Baroness puts the statistics persuasively. The numbers I have are slightly different, but her gist is right. I hope to return after purdah to revisit this important subject.

Folic Acid - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: I reassure the noble Lord and others who have pressed this point that it is a departmental priority. There has of course been a pandemic and that has slowed things down. I cannot avoid that fact, but we are very much returning to the prevention agenda in the round and the issue of folic acid in particular.

Folic Acid - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: I hear the frustration loud and clear and reassure the noble Baroness that we are working on this at pace.

Folic Acid - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: No.

Folic Acid - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I understand that considerable efforts have gone into ensuring that folic acid is put into flours of all kinds, and I pay tribute to the industry for trying to deliver a comprehensive service. I am happy to write to the noble Baroness to confirm that.

Folic Acid - Question (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I take on board the point that it is time to act. That is why we are working hard on the matter. As I said, I hope to return to the House on this soon.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: DNACPR Decisions: Coronavirus (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The Care Quality Commission’s report into how Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions were made during the COVID 19 pandemic, found 508 instances where a DNACPR had been placed on a patient’s record without their agreement or agreement from their families or carers. The Department remains clear that it is unacceptable for DNACPR decisions to be applied in a blanket...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Research (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: On 23 March 2021 the Government published Saving and improving lives - the future of UK clinical research delivery. This includes the aim to create a research positive culture in which all health and care staff feel empowered and supported to participate in clinical research as part of their job. To support this vision, we have identified five key themes which underpin the improvements as...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Prescriptions: Fees and Charges (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: Decisions on whether medicines are funded by the National Health Service are taken by clinical commissioning groups and there is a requirement to fund drugs recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Where a drug is funded by the NHS there is no charge to the patient other than the prescription charge, from 1 April 2021 £9.35 per prescription item in England, that...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: Since December 2020, the Government’s policy has been to offer people their second vaccine dose up to 12 weeks after their first dose. The decision to update the dosing interval will give as many people at the highest risk their first dose as soon as possible and it is in line with the conditions of authorisation from Medicines and Healthcare and Regulatory Authority for the vaccine. This...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Vaccination (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The process for consent applies to all vaccines, including those against COVID-19. An individual gives consent to receive a full course of treatment rather than consenting to a time frame for when the treatment is to be received. Consent remains valid unless the individual who gave it withdraws it.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health and Social Care: Notification of contingent liabilities in relation to the transfer of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) National Biosample Centre (26 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) National Biosample Centre is a state-of-the-art biosample storage and processing facility. It was established in 2014 through a capital grant from the then Department of Health to the University of Oxford, with the aim of enhancing the nation’s capability and capacity to support medical, health and life sciences research into disease...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Swimming Pools (23 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: Public Health England has not made an assessment.


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