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Results 1–20 of 5000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Norman Lamb

NHS Appointments (4 Feb 2009)

Norman Lamb: Does my hon. Friend agree that if a particular hospital or clinic disappears from the list because the waiting time is more than 18 weeks, that restricts choice rather than enhancing it?

NHS Appointments (4 Feb 2009)

Norman Lamb: Let me start by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Hazel Grove (Andrew Stunell) on securing this important debate. I congratulate also my hon. Friend the Member for Cheadle (Mark Hunter) on his contribution, which was also important to the debate. Choose and book is part of the national programme for IT. It seems to me, and to most people who have looked into this issue, that the...

NHS Appointments (4 Feb 2009)

Norman Lamb: I agree with that point, which I was going to come on to. Critically, when we talk about choice, we must be clear about what we mean and have a clear idea about what is a good thing for patients to have a say on. It is not just a matter of patients being able to choose hospital buildings; it is about patients having a central involvement with the clinician to whom they are referred. As my...

NHS Appointments (4 Feb 2009)

Norman Lamb: Absolutely. There is clear and mounting evidence of the software's inadequacy to live up to expectations. Returning to the point that I made to the Minister earlier, I hope he will concede that, for those of us who believe both in empowering patients to make decisions about which clinician to be referred to, which hospital to go to, the treatment options and so on, and in booking appointments...

NHS Appointments (4 Feb 2009)

Norman Lamb: I am encouraged to hear that, but we hear time and again of hospitals where the wait would be longer than 18 weeks automatically disappearing off the list of choices. Is the Minister saying that that will no longer be the case and that, even if the wait would be 20 or 25 weeks, the patient will have the right to choose that option?

NHS Appointments (4 Feb 2009)

Norman Lamb: What the Minister is saying is encouraging, but we are told that, time and again, hospitals where the wait is longer than 18 weeks are being "greyed out"—that is the phrase. The option disappears from the list available on choose and book. That is what is happening. If the Minister says that it is unacceptable, what steps will he take to address it?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Services (North-West) (10 Feb 2009)

Norman Lamb: How can the Minister justify the fact that someone with a physical health condition will have an operation within 18 weeks of referral from a GP, whereas someone suffering from a mental health condition can find themselves waiting—as my hon. Friend the Member for Southport (Dr. Pugh) said, in the north-west and in many other parts of the country—sometimes more than a year for cognitive...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Norman Lamb: I congratulate the hon. Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Simpson) on securing this important debate on a subject that has caused enormous frustration in our county of Norfolk. I will keep my remarks brief, because other right hon. and hon. Members want to contribute to the debate. I want to deal with three issues that have caused me real concern. First, when the process got under way, I assumed...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Norman Lamb: One reason why I was opposed to the unitary bid from Norwich was that I did not want local government structures to cut north Norfolk off from Norwich. People in north Norfolk see Norwich as the capital of the county. They often use services in Norwich because there are none in rural areas. For instance, when I have constituents who need advice on benefits issues, there is often not...

[Mrs. Joan Humble in the Chair] — Unitary Authorities (24 Feb 2009)

Norman Lamb: I completely agree. I made a point about achieving better value for money. No one wants to pay more than is necessary for good quality public services, quite apart from the fact, with which I am sure the hon. Gentleman would agree, that the council tax is grossly unfair and regressive. This is a classic example of top-down, incompetent, politically driven meddling, which drives people crazy...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: European Working Time Directive (10 Mar 2009)

Norman Lamb: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: European Working Time Directive (10 Mar 2009)

Norman Lamb: Will the hon. Gentleman give way on derogation?

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: European Working Time Directive (10 Mar 2009)

Norman Lamb: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman. Does he agree that derogation, which would still involve a four-hour reduction to the current number of hours allowed, does not solve the fundamental problems? It does not address concerns about patient safety or the impact on training; it simply delays the inevitable for two years.

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: European Working Time Directive (10 Mar 2009)

Norman Lamb: The Secretary of State said that the individual opt-out could not be used for junior doctors, as has been proposed by RemedyUK. What did he mean by that? It seems to me that as long as the individual opt-out applies, it is as applicable to the health service as it is to anywhere else.

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: European Working Time Directive (10 Mar 2009)

Norman Lamb: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: European Working Time Directive (10 Mar 2009)

Norman Lamb: I welcome the debate. It comes at a timely point in the build-up to the change in August and it is important because of the massive potential problems that are emerging. I am conscious of an extraordinary gap between what the Secretary of State says about the potential risks involved in the changes and what the professionals working in the service have said, loud and clear. The Secretary of...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: European Working Time Directive (10 Mar 2009)

Norman Lamb: I am grateful for that intervention, and I agree with my hon. Friend's comments. Part of the problem in the relationship between the Government and the professions is that the views of the professions are so often dismissed in that way.

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: European Working Time Directive (10 Mar 2009)

Norman Lamb: Interestingly, when the BMA surveyed its members, they disagreed with the BMA. If we follow the hon. Gentleman's analysis, we reach the assumption that he is dangerous when providing medical care because, presumably, he is working substantially more than 48 hours in combining this job with that job. He ought to give up his second job on the basis of his analysis of the risks of excessive...

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: European Working Time Directive (10 Mar 2009)

Norman Lamb: I will give way, because the man is an expert in it. [Hon. Members: "Oh!"]

Opposition Day — [7th Allotted Day]: European Working Time Directive (10 Mar 2009)

Norman Lamb: The hon. Gentleman appears to be stuck in a groove—he has repeated himself rather a lot on that point. There are always occasions when people do not vote with their party. I suspect that he will even find that in his Stalinist party in Scotland.


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