Results 61–80 of 400 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Cumberlege

Cancer Care (17 Jun 2002)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, is the Minister aware that the Scottish medicine consortium has recommended that Glyvec, a drug for chronic myeloid leukaemia, is to be made available to all Scottish sufferers, whereas the recommendation from the National Institute for Clinical Excellence is that its use should be limited to patients only in an advanced stage of leukaemia? Is that a case of postcode prescribing? If...

Maternity Services (15 Jan 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: rose to call attention to the quality of provision for maternity services in the United Kingdom; and to move for Papers. My Lords, I start by declaring an interest in that I am a vice-president of the Royal College of Midwives and a patron of the National Childbirth Trust—two very remarkable organisations. Together with the distinguished noble Lord, Lord Patel, I am a vice-chairman of the...

Maternity Services (15 Jan 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I did not use the word "targets" in my speech. I asked what action the Government are taking to reduce the numbers of sections and, as a result of their actions, when they expect to see a decline in the rate.

Maternity Services (15 Jan 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I should like to conclude this debate by thanking all noble Lords who have taken part. It has been a wise and interesting debate that has highlighted the great strengths of this House. In particular, I thank the Minister for his full response to the vast majority of our questions. There is no doubt about his personal commitment to the matter, and I thank him for that. I welcome the...

School Funding (7 May 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I begin by declaring an interest. I chair two panels which recommend the level of county councillors' remuneration. Like other noble Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Hanningfield for securing this debate, which is not only very interesting but important. After all, children make up 16 per cent of the population but 100 per cent of our future. There can be few who are more...

School Funding (7 May 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, just before the noble Baroness sits down, perhaps I may ask whether this is the formula that will be used for next year's allocations or is she telling us that during the coming year it will be refined and changed so that we do not have the same shambolic situation we have at the moment?

Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill [HL] (6 Jun 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: "I pledge myself and promise: that I will exercise the art and science of Medicine to the best of my powers and in accordance with the laws of honour and probity; that I will work for the benefit of all, whosoever shall seek my service, without distinction between great and small, rich and poor, youth and age or good and bad; that I will hold my knowledge in trust for the benefit of the...

Water Bill [HL] (9 Jul 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I am one of those very dangerous people—a convert. Twenty years ago I was a member of the East Sussex area health authority and I remember very distinctly a very strong emotional debate in the town hall on this subject. The arguments were impressive, and I voted against fluoridation. I voted against it for technical, cost and emotional reasons. In the intervening years, I have grown older...

Water Bill [HL] (9 Jul 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I understand that point, but we do not know how quite a lot of the medications that we use work—I am thinking of aspirin. Nobel Prize winners have sought the reasons why aspirin works. Sometimes we have to go forward without having the total research base. I take what the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, said. In the end, one cannot know absolutely everything.

Water Bill [HL] (9 Jul 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I am not recommending that we do not do further research, but there are occasions when one must go forward with something without knowing the absolute reasons why. I was very interested in the paper that we received from the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Dental Officer. They point out—and I believe that it is right—that we have more than 40 years experience in England of artificial...

Water Bill [HL] (9 Jul 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I have to confess to being something of a Euro-sceptic. The noble Baroness, Lady Gardner, dealt with that point very well indeed. Other countries are so different, not only culturally but in their diets and everything else, so I am not sure that the comparison is very useful.

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (8 Sep 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I start by declaring some interests, in that I am a senior associate of the King's Fund, a vice-president of the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of Midwives, and chair of St George's Hospital Medical School. I am involved with other charities, and work for the NHS, sometimes in a paid capacity and sometimes unpaid. I believe that the Bill is the first major piece of...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (7 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: moved Amendment No. 1: Before Clause 1, insert the following new clause— "NHS AGENCY FOR ENGLAND (1) There shall be a body corporate to be known as the NHS Agency for England (referred to in this Act as the "English Agency") for the purpose of carrying out the functions transferred or assigned to it by or under this Act. (2) The functions of the English Agency are performed on behalf of the...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (7 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I start by declaring an interest. I am employed by the NHS, sometimes in a voluntary capacity, sometimes paid. I serve as a trustee on several charities. I chair St George's Hospital Medical School Council and am a senior unpaid associate of the King's Fund. In moving Amendment No. 1, I speak also to Amendments Nos. 2 to 6. I speak in the knowledge that these amendments may have the...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (7 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I thank the Minister very much for his reply. I had hoped that he would have a warm feeling towards the amendments, but I suspect that it has been a cold shower. However, I would like to thank noble Lords for taking part in the debate. With one very notable exception and a few minor reservations there has been whole-hearted support for the amendments, for which I am very grateful. The noble...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (7 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: That depends on how the agency is set up. It depends on how the law is fashioned in order to prevent that happening. Of course, Members of Parliament must be interested in their constituency, but I am trying to get a space around the legitimate political activities of parliamentarians that allows the National Health Service to be well managed and to operate correctly. I am grateful to noble...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (7 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: The Bill will have many days of debate in this Chamber. During its passage even so far, "devolution" and "devolved" have been bandied about. I am in some confusion. It would be very helpful to me, and perhaps to other Members of the Committee, if the Minister could give us a clear definition of what the Government mean by devolution.

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (9 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I also support my noble friend Lord Peyton. One of the advantages of a Bill having several days in Committee is that one can think about the previous day's debates and how they will play into some of the later amendments put before us. This amendment is trying to achieve some structure around what the Government are proposing. I have very serious reservations about handing over governance to...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (9 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: I support the amendment. I seek greater clarity about the boards of governors and directors and their relationship with the strategic health authorities. I understand that those authorities do not have a performance management role in the new set-up for foundation hospitals. We all know that the health service is very intricate. However, increasingly, we have seen clinical networks...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (9 Oct 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: This has been a very interesting debate. It is not a subject to which I have really put my mind. What advice has been taken by the Minister's colleagues on this issue? We have the Electoral Commission, which I think does an extremely good job. As the noble Lord, Lord Lipsey, said, we have other bodies within this country with expertise in the matter. If we are to go down this road, which I do...


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