Results 101–120 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: Report (6th Day) (8 Mar 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I have three amendments in this group. My Amendment 232, which is supported by my noble friend Lady Jolly, limits the role of the local authority vis-à-vis local healthwatch to just "pay and rations plus": that is to say, it makes sure that local healthwatch operates economically and efficiently, and develops work plans and delivers them, but does not interfere with what is in...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (6th Day) (8 Mar 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I have several amendments in this group and the next one. There are synergies between the two groups, so I shall speak briefly introducing both groups and go on to those in this group. I have tried hard throughout our debates to ensure that we have a more robust accountability framework. As I see it, the framework is in three parts. First, there is the local authority. Secondly,...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (5th Day) (6 Mar 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I support this amendment, which is in my name and those of the noble Lords, Lord Patel and Lord Warner. The noble Lord, Lord Patel, has introduced it with his customary elegance and clarity. I can see no reason why these amendments should not be made. Bearing in mind that the noble Earl was so generous to me earlier when we included HealthWatch in another amendment, I live in great hope.

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (5th Day) (6 Mar 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I, too, tabled an amendment in this group. Before I speak to it, I will say that I very much support what the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, said. I was interested in an article in the BMJ that she, too, may have seen. It was a report by Nigel Hawkes on how competition works in healthcare and how it can stimulate the provision of better services. He went on to say: "The report...

Health and Social Care Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in the debate. I have not detected any demurring or a feeling that this was not a useful proposition to put forward; it is extremely important in the nation's health and should be pursued further. I thank the noble Lord, Lord Beecham, for his suggestion of a special health authority. I can understand why that is quite appealing but, on the...

Health and Social Care Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: Perhaps I may address that in one minute's time. I appreciate the commitment of my noble friend Lady Northover to this matter. I understand that the Government are anxious to build on public health, as the noble Lord, Lord Patel, said, and that they take this area with all due seriousness.

Health and Social Care Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: I thank my noble friend for that. I must say I am not reassured. What noble Lords were saying about credibility in the public mind is very important. There is a perception, whether we like it or not, that departments within Government tend to be closed-not secretive perhaps, but not very accessible to the general public. They have an image, and that perception is a reality in the public mind....

Health and Social Care Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, this amendment refers to the setting up of an executive agency, Public Health England. I thank noble Lords who have put their names to this new clause. I sense that there is a spirit of generosity on the Front Bench tonight and I hope that it will not evaporate before we conclude this debate. Nowhere in the Bill is Public Health England mentioned. The information comes to us not...

Health and Social Care Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, this is a very simple and non-controversial amendment. Under Clause 51, the Secretary of State has a duty to keep under review the effectiveness of key bodies in the NHS. This is a crucial part of the Secretary of State's responsibilities in ensuring that he or she can exercise ministerial accountability for the health service. As this is a new body, through the Secretary of State,...

Health and Social Care Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I think we are on a roll. I am very excited that we have had another amendment accepted. I very much thank my noble friend. I appreciate some of the other points that have been made in this debate, but I think we will be debating them next week and perhaps we could hold our fire until then. Indeed, we have debated them previously and noble Lords will know that I am in favour of the...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (4th Day) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I have added my name to Amendments 121 to 125, 128 and 152. Noble Lords will be grateful to learn that I am only going to speak to two of those amendments. I want to reinforce the views that are being expressed, and I too pay tribute to the noble Lord, Lord Patel, on the way he has introduced all these amendments in such a comprehensive fashion-but not the government amendments, of...

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (4th Day) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: That was not in a private conversation; it came out in Committee and was open to everyone who attended that sitting.

Health and Social Care Bill: Report (4th Day) (29 Feb 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, my two amendments have also been grouped with this one. In our debate on 13 December, I explained why I felt so strongly that the evidence from patients gained by the work of local healthwatch and HealthWatch England should inform local commissioning. I have since had two very helpful meetings with my noble friends Lord Howe and Lady Northover about local healthwatch and its role....

Health and Social Care Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued) (27 Feb 2012)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, my Amendment 142 has been grouped with this amendment. I have brought it forward because I am anxious that when we talk about "patient and public involvement" we should be clear as to exactly what we mean by it. I am grateful to my noble friend Lady Jolly, who has also put her name to the amendment. I am also anxious that we embed what I will call PPI for shortness-patient and...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (14th Day) (19 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: I do not really accept the noble Lord's criticism of my thinking. Of course I understand that these health and well-being boards are essentially planning boards. I will read very carefully what he has said in Hansard, but I am sure he accepts that you cannot do the planning if you are totally ignorant of the implementation of what you are planning. Clearly, finance and other things come into...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (14th Day) (19 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: It is in the Bill.

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (14th Day) (19 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I address my remarks to Amendment 330ZAB and others that concern the composition of the health and well-being boards, and I would like to say a word in general about the boards. To me, they are a spark of inspiration. In the next grouping we will have some specific amendments from noble Lords concerning integration, and we have heard a bit about it already today. I have been...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (13th Day) (15 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, perhaps the noble Lord, Lord Whitty, ought to speak next, because I suspect that his amendments relate to what the noble Lord, Lord Low, was saying, and it may be that the synergy would be better that way.

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (13th Day) (15 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I have a number of amendments in this grouping concerning local healthwatch. As has already been said this afternoon, local healthwatch is the source of intelligence from the people who are actually using the services. This intelligence is gathered through their enter and view monitoring visits to both health and social care services-we should not forget that it is social care as...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (13th Day) (15 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, there is no intention that this should be a further hurdle, but if commissioners are going to commission services that are really relevant to local people then they need to take account of what the local healthwatch is saying. This is a huge resource that could improve services enormously and make contracts much more relevant than some of them have been in the past. I hope that that...


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