Results 181–200 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 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,...

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...

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?

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Human Tissue Bill (22 Jul 2004)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I should like to start by declaring two interests: first, I chair St George's Hospital Medical School and, secondly, I am a trustee of Cancer Research UK. I should also like to join those of your Lordships who joined up to the lay brigade. I seek some advice from the Minister. It used to be a House convention that to be allowed to contribute to other parts of a Bill one had to speak...

Hospital-acquired Infections (15 Jul 2004)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What progress they are making in reducing hospital-acquired infections.

Hospital-acquired Infections (15 Jul 2004)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank the Minister for that reply. However, I think that the Government have been extraordinarily complacent on this issue. Is it not true that very little progress has been made? In fact, in its report, the National Audit Office says that over the past three years the situation has got worse. If we had a rail crash, killing 100 people, there would be a massive inquiry and heads...

Healthy Start Scheme (12 Jul 2004)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I appreciate that there will be a pilot scheme and that one has to see the results of that, but there has been a lot of concern that this scheme is open to fraud. Can the Minister say what measures are being taken to prevent that? Further, there is concern that children who need this formula milk will be denied it at a time when they are developing and when it is particularly...

Midwives (22 Apr 2004)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, is the Minister aware that at birth centres and midwife-led units there are waiting lists for midwives who want to work there because they can give a quality of care that they cannot give elsewhere? As a result, there are fewer interventions and there is less anguish for mothers and less morbidity for babies. Is the Minister further aware that those units are under threat of closure...

Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill (6 Jan 2004)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I started my career at 22, when I was elected to the Chailey rural district council. My village voted for me not because I had any political skills or experience but because my father was the local doctor and very popular. One of his patients even told me, "You're a bit young, dear, but I'll vote for you because you've got the doctor's eyes". I have to say that party politics were...

Sudden Oak Death Virus (6 Jan 2004)

Baroness Cumberlege: asked Her Majesty's Government: What is their strategy to prevent the import of species which are known to carry sudden oak death fungus.

Sudden Oak Death Virus (6 Jan 2004)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I should like to thank the Minister for that reply. I understand what he is telling us about destroying plants that already have the disease or fungus. However, does he agree that, if the fungus gets hold and proves as devastating as Dutch elm disease, this Government will never be forgiven? Will the Minister please take action and ban imports immediately, as other European...

Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill (10 Nov 2003)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lord Howe, the noble Lord, Lord Clement-Jones, and the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, for supporting the amendment. Noble Lords will remember that when we discussed this issue in Committee only one noble Lord, besides the Minister, rejected the concept. I like the idea of the regulator being the twinkle in the eye. I am sure that that will attract many people...


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