Results 121–140 of 4287 for speaker:Lord Bethell

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

Lord Bethell: We frequently engage with local authorities, faith leaders and black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) organisations to provide advice and information about COVID-19 vaccines and how they will be made available. Our communications include targeted information and advice via TV, radio and social media. This has been translated into 13 languages. Print and online material, including interviews...

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

Lord Bethell: No specific assessment on the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine to Newbury Racecourse has been made. Each Primary Care Network receives their own supply and work has been carried out with local clinical commissioning group colleagues to ensure that vaccine supply aligns with the number of registered patients in the priority cohort groups. NHS England and NHS Improvement are working with...

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

Lord Bethell: Public confidence in the vaccine programme is of paramount importance. The Government will continue to provide clear and regular updates to the public on progress and the impact of the programme, including publishing evidence on the effectiveness of the vaccines and data on adverse reactions to the vaccines. Public Health England (PHE) has been monitoring the effectiveness of the vaccines,...

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

Lord Bethell: Patients with blood cancer are included in the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation’s priority group four, for individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable to COVID-19. Patients with blood cancer outside of these diagnoses would be included in priority group six for at-risk groups. Vaccination of patients undergoing treatment for cancer will be carefully considered by...

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

Lord Bethell: The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recognises that many people who are homeless or sleeping rough are likely to have underlying health conditions which would place them in priority group six. These conditions are likely to be under-diagnosed or not properly reflected in general practitioner (GP) records. The JCVI has advised that homeless people without access to GP...

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

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Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS: Waiting Lists (23 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: Official statistics on National Health Service referral to treatment (RTT) waiting times published by NHS England and NHS Improvement show there were 304,044 patients waiting one year or more for treatment in England in January 2021. Tables showing the number of patients in each sustainability and transformation partnership and acute trust who have waited in excess of 52 weeks is attached due...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Coronavirus: Corby (22 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: Variation in the number of COVID-19 cases is caused by a number of factors including demography, behaviour and rate of testing. Corby has higher levels of people living in areas of deprivation. Living and working conditions for these groups contribute to increased transmission rates. A large proportion of working age people in Corby have jobs which require them to attend their workplaces,...

Care Homes: Guidance - Question (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, the Government do not underestimate the heavy burden of infection protocols on those who live in social care and on their loved ones. However, the public health advice is clear: once an infection enters a closed environment such as a social care home, it spreads far and fast, as we found out last year. We hope that the vaccines will change this and we keep the policy under review...

Care Homes: Guidance - Question (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, the noble Baroness puts the case extremely well. I do not deny her suggestion that this is a huge burden on those involved. However, data from the ONS makes it clear that, across care homes, when one case of coronavirus is reported, an estimated 20% of residents typically subsequently test positive for Covid—even under the current state of the vaccine rollout. We remember...

Care Homes: Guidance - Question (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, these protocols are not tied to the road map because we hold them under constant review. We hear loud and clear the case made by the noble Baroness and others who make the case for change. We are open to making that change when the evidence says that the situation is ready. We expect care home workers to behave in a way that is responsible and keeps infections to a minimum, but we...

Care Homes: Guidance - Question (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: I can only express complete sympathy for the noble Baroness’s points. She puts them extremely well. Undoubtedly, the pressure put on residents and their family members is profound and I regret it enormously. However, this is not an arbitrary or thoughtless measure from the Government; it is to protect residents who have shown themselves to be highly susceptible to the disease. We have...

Care Homes: Guidance - Question (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, there are two points of difference. One is that we can take certain measures to guide the behaviours of care home workers but we cannot mandate for every aspect of their lives. Secondly, care home workers wear PPE and that significantly reduces their infectiousness. We do not ask care home residents to wear PPE. Were we to do so, I think it would provoke suitable concern among...

Care Homes: Guidance - Question (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: I completely sympathise with the noble Baroness’s point. She is right: this puts huge pressure on residents and their families. I am heartfelt when I say that I completely agree with her that this has an impact on the mental health and well-being of residents. However, their health, their safety and their actual lives take priority, I am afraid. We are at a moment where, even with the...

Covid-19: Obesity - Question (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, the World Obesity Federation’s Covid-19 report makes stark reading for us all. It is clear that excess weight is one of the few modifiable factors that contribute to severe symptoms of Covid and, very sadly in some cases, to death. This is a wake-up call. Britain is clearly carrying too much weight. That is why the Government are committed to helping the country reduce obesity and...

Covid-19: Obesity - Question (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I completely agree with my noble friend that obesity has been a sad and tragic driver of death from Covid. Overweight people are 67% more likely to need intensive care from Covid than those who are not overweight. The list of the measures that we have in place is extensive—there are 17 in number before me—and we are not going to stop there. This is a really important project for...

Covid-19: Obesity - Question (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: The right reverend Prelate puts the case extremely well. The community kitchen measures she describes are beyond my brief. I do not have the details to hand, but I should be glad to follow this up and write to her.

Covid-19: Obesity - Question (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: I do agree with my noble friend that the answer to this issue is sustained action. This is not something where snazzy initiatives are going to have the necessary impact. But the key to our efforts is creating cross-governmental co-ordination—that very difficult thing to achieve. We are working extremely hard with other departments, particularly with DCMS and DCLG, in order to address the...

Covid-19: Obesity - Question (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: As the noble Lord rightly points out, the cost is enormous: £27 billion is the estimated cost to society, and 64% of people are classified as overweight. The challenge is enormous. We have to strike the right balance between government action and personal agency. The noble Lord is right that the return on investment is huge, but the Government cannot lose weight for people on their behalf....

Covid-19: Obesity - Question (21 Apr 2021)

Lord Bethell: My Lords, I agree with the correlation pointed out by the noble Baroness. We must acknowledge and address the fact that areas of deprivation undoubtedly have higher levels of obesity. However, we have to be careful about taking away people’s sense of agency. It is possible to buy affordable healthy foods at any price point. Food has never been cheaper than it is today. We must put into...


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