Results 1–20 of 300 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 Bill [HL] — Report (2nd Day) (6 May 2009)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, like my noble friend Lord Howe I am no advocate of smoking. Until recently I was a trustee of Cancer Research UK. Before that, I was a member of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund, which was one of two partners that joined in a successful merger. Cancer Research UK is the biggest cancer charity in the world, bigger than those in the United States or anywhere else. To sustain that, it...

Medical Education (4 Feb 2008)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their plan to manage postgraduate medical education.

Medical Education (4 Feb 2008)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that comprehensive reply. Bearing in mind the great complexity of and, indeed, the tragic history of the department in attempting to manage medical careers, will the Government accept Sir John Tooke's 47th recommendation—that a new body, NHS Medical Education England, be formed to co-ordinate and maintain standards across the country, as has proved so...

Medical Careers: Tooke Report (13 Mar 2008)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, it was very sad that we were jumped on by Northern Rock. I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Patel, on his perseverance in getting this debate and on his clear and compelling introduction. Sir John Tooke and his panel have been likened to a team who arrive at the scene of a terrible air crash. There are bodies, blood and wreckage everywhere and the air is filled with rumour,...

Health and Social Care Bill (25 Mar 2008)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I declare a number of health interests, unpaid, save for my company, Cumberlege Connections. I thank the Minister for taking this Bill through your Lordships' House, and for the clear and concise way in which he introduced it. It is long and it is complicated. With the Minister's professional background and his responsibility for reviewing the NHS, we could not have a more...

Health and Social Care Bill (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I have added my name to the first of these amendments, which is of a slightly different order from the other more prescriptive amendments in the group. I think it right that not only the Secretary of State but future Secretaries of State should be reminded of the three different spheres, as described by my noble friend. In his customary way he has fashioned an amendment which would...

Health and Social Care Bill (16 Jun 2008)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, it is very difficult to get this right without sounding like a creep and being patronising, but I want to thank Ministers for the consideration that they have given to this Bill—it is about 300 amendments that we have collectively put forward. The noble Baroness, Lady Howarth, described the eight days in Grand Committee as group work. She is right. There is something deliciously...

Health: Maternity Services (16 Jul 2008)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, following the point made by the noble Baroness, Lady Tonge, about student midwives, I was interested to hear the Minister say that she believed there were more student places. That does not coincide with the reply given to one of her honourable friends in the House of Commons, according to the Royal College of Midwives, which states clearly that the number of training places fell...

Queen's Speech — Debate (6th Day) (11 Dec 2008)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I congratulate the Minister on his opening speech and on his leadership in taking forward the review of the NHS. Its concentration on quality is already proving to be a strong motivating force within the NHS workforce. I share many of the views and the aspirations of the noble Lord, Lord Warner, as well his concerns, but sadly I do not agree with his enthusiasm for the NHS...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill: Select Committee Report (10 Oct 2005)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, in the past, medicine was simple, relatively ineffective and safe. Today it is very complicated, effective and potentially dangerous. We have moved from the time when the family doctor, with great kindness, prepared us for the inevitable. Today, for many, the attitude is quite simply negligent. Curing what was thought to be incurable, successfully operating on the inoperable and...

Clinical Academic Staff (1 Dec 2005)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord, Lord Turnberg, for initiating the debate. Given his remarkable, distinguished contribution to education, medicine, science and public health, I could spend seven minutes talking about the noble Lord, but that is not the purpose today. However, there could be nobody better fitted to introduce this debate. I declare an interest: I chair St George's University...

National Health Service: Payment by Results (13 Dec 2005)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What impact the new financial system of payment by results is having on the National Health Service.

National Health Service: Payment by Results (13 Dec 2005)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply, but is not payment by results a misnomer as it is payment by activity, regardless of quality? Hospitals whose reference costs are below the national tariff increase their income by admitting and treating patients. Does the Minister share my deep concern at the 50 per cent rise during the past 10 years in Caesarean section rates? What financial...

Charitable Remainder Trusts (7 Feb 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank my noble and learned friend Lord Lyell of Markyate for initiating the debate and for his clear introduction of the subject. I give him my full support in his quest for charitable remainder trusts. Like so many Members of your Lordships' House, I am engaged in several charities. Charities deliver a huge number of services and on the whole deliver them very efficiently. Taking...

Health Bill (1 Mar 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I declare an interest: I chair St George's, University of London, I am a trustee of Cancer Research UK, and am involved in a number of health-related organisations and charities through my company, Cumberlege Connections. I start by thanking the Minister for his very clear exposition of this Bill. It is a complicated Bill. He described it as "diverse", and I agree. It has something...

National Health Service (9 Mar 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: rose to call attention to Her Majesty's Government's plans for the National Health Service; and to move for Papers. My Lords, I start by declaring an interest: I chair St George's, University of London; I am a senior associate of the King's Fund; and I have other connections with the National Health Service. For most of my life, the health service has been my life. I grew up in it and, like...

National Health Service (9 Mar 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I have a few minutes before the next debate; I know that this is a timed debate. I thank all noble Lords who have taken part. It has been a wise, wonderful and, on occasion, very humorous debate. I would like to reflect what my noble friend Lord Selsdon said—that seldom in this House do we sit through a debate without learning a lot, and today has been one of those occasions on...

National Patient Safety Agency (27 Mar 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, in the light of the reorganisations that are going on in the National Health Service, will the noble Lord assure us that the NPSA will continue at least for the life of this Parliament?

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (12 May 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I should like to begin with a quote from Woody Allen, who said: "I am not afraid to die. I just don't want to be there when it happens". I share that view because dying is not for wimps. In the opening lines of her very charming novel, Miss Garnet's Angel, Salley Vickers wrote: "Death is outside of life, but it alters it. It leaves a hole in the fabric of things which those who are...

Health Bill (19 Jun 2006)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I declare an interest as a trustee of Cancer Research UK. It is the biggest cancer charity in the world and it employs more than 3,000 scientists, doctors and nurses, mostly in this country but also abroad. I was very interested in some of the points put forward by the noble Lord, Lord Stoddart, that in fact doctors are not always right. Of course, that is absolutely true. I do,...


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