Results 281–300 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

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Much of this has merit. I understand the democratic deficit argument that has taken place for decades. Where the overview and scrutiny committees are good they will be very good; but where they are bad they will be perfectly horrid. Where there is a danger that the OSCs become a griper's charter, where they do nothing positive at all, but in fact destroy the trust and the good relationships...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Even at night?

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: I do not want this Committee stage to be haunted by my fictitious patient, but the Minister said he felt that she would not be served well in the current situation. I should like the noble Lord to explore that comment. We need to know exactly what we are jettisoning, and what we are gaining in its place.

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: I strongly support my noble friend's amendments. There is a feeling, which I am sure the Minister will seek to dismiss eloquently, that the proposals now tabled have not been very well thought through, and that one structure has been piled upon another to resolve any problem that exists. I have tried really hard to get through this issue. Your Lordships will know that I am a slow learner. I...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: We could have a ding-dong on this matter. It is true that the previous government phased awards, but the Labour government before them were alone in failing to honour nurses' awards. If the framework is already set by the pay review body and Whitley councils, what will happen to the Whitley councils in future? The previous government introduced local pay which provides the flexibilities about...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Will the Minister elucidate one point for me? In dealing with Clause 6, the Explanatory Notes state: "The NHS Plan commits to modernisation of the NHS Pay system to deliver better, fairer awards for staff". The Minister will remember that during his distinguished career in the NHS we saw the rise of the pay review bodies. They were introduced because staff felt that the awards they were...

Health and Social Care Bill (19 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Perhaps I may press the Minister on something that he said. I may have misheard him. He mentioned that the Secretary of State would walk away from any partnership which he felt was unsatisfactory or possibly failing. I can understand his wish to do that, but how does that give confidence to the private sector? What guarantees will the private sector have? Secondly, I want to ask the Minister...

Health and Social Care Bill (15 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Does the Minister not appreciate that there is a lot of frustration in the health service because allocations are pre-empted by top slicing? Many of the managers who spoke to me said, "We would have sparkling clean wards if we had the amount of money to spend that we want". However, as I explained earlier in Committee, so much has been top sliced. There is no room to manoeuvre and the...

Health and Social Care Bill (15 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: I support both noble Lords who have spoken. I thank the Minister for sending me the NHS Plan implementing the performance improvement agenda, the consultation document to which reference has been made. I have read it and I found it of great interest. It explained to me clearly how the system will work. The figure of 25 per cent is mentioned as regards "green" organisations--those which are...

Health and Social Care Bill (15 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: I rise to support my noble friend Lord Howe. I am concerned that the Secretary of State is seeking powers directly to reward staff working within a particular trust, or to improve facilities. This is very detailed stuff, according to the Explanatory Notes. The Secretary of State will bypass the allocation formula, the health authority and the management of the trust. In my view, that is...

Health and Social Care Bill (15 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: Before the Minister sits down perhaps I may ask for clarification. I clearly understand the issue where we have a strong economy and we are able to invest more in public services. But there is a feeling, when we look across the Atlantic to what is happening in America, at the stock market and at all the other signs, that we are at the beginning of another recession. If the situation arises...

Health and Social Care Bill (15 Mar 2001)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I rise to support my noble friend. This is the first time I have taken part in debate on the Bill because I was not able to attend Second Reading. I have spoken to Members of your Lordships' House who have agreed that I should take part in debate in Committee. As I have the generosity of the House and am able to do that, I start by declaring interests. I am a non-executive director...

Maternity Services (20 Dec 2000)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What measures they are taking to improve the state of maternity services.

Maternity Services (20 Dec 2000)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I am grateful to the Minister for that Answer and I am encouraged that there is a work programme ahead. However, does he agree that one of the difficulties is that midwives are fed up, disillusioned and leaving the service because small maternity units are being closed and childbirth schemes are being discontinued? Will he and his colleagues intervene to prevent such closures and...

National Health Service (26 Oct 2000)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, it gives me great pleasure to congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Harris of Haringey, on initiating this debate. As a former director of the Association of Community Health Councils, there can be nobody who knows the inside workings of CHCs better than he does, although it may be that the Minister knows them quite well because I believe that he started his career as a chief officer of...

National Health Service Plan (27 Jul 2000)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, the debate has focussed on care of the elderly. Have maternity services been considered at all? The Statement said that for each of the main conditions there will be a national framework of standards. The National Service Framework for Mental Health has been successful. In the debate that took place with members of staff in the National Health Service, were maternity services rated...

Maternity Units (15 May 2000)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their policy towards the closure of maternity units.

Maternity Units (15 May 2000)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank the Minister for his thoughtful reply. In so doing, I should declare an interest as patron of the National Childbirth Trust. I am very pleased that the noble Lord understands the anxiety in this respect, but is he aware that some reports of the situation have not been published? One in particular, produced by the Royal Colleges, construes that 80 units may close. These are...

NHS Trusts: Appointments (16 Mar 2000)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, does the Minister share the reported concern of the Commissioner for Public Appointments that political criteria should not take precedence over other experience? If the noble Lord shares that view, is it merely a coincidence that 546 Labour activists compared with 149 Conservatives have been appointed?

National Health Service (2 Feb 2000)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, during 10 years in your Lordships' House I have learnt that the way to win gratitude is to bring these five-hour debates to a brisk conclusion. I shall be brief, but I want to make one comment. I am not surprised and have been enormously encouraged by the intellectual range, expertise, innovative suggestions and practical experience that your Lordships have shared with us tonight....


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