Results 121–140 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: Committee (13th Day) (15 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: Does the noble Lord, Lord Warner, agree that much depends on the membership of this body and whether it is independent? I am not sure why people call it a sub-committee. In the Bill it is called a committee. I have chaired the top board in organisations and I know that you get very close to some of those committees-you listen to them. If an organisation is totally independent and it goes left...

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

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, the noble Lord, Lord Harris, is right that we have already had this debate much earlier in the progress of the Bill, when we discussed the relationship between the Care Quality Commission and HealthWatch England. The debate took place on 22 November and I spoke in cols. 977-79, and your Lordships will be very grateful to hear that I am not going to go through it again. There are...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (12th Day) (13 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: Is the noble Baroness aware of Gaynor et al and the work they have done? I quote again from Protecting and Promoting Patients' Interests: the Role of Sector Regulation, a research study in 2010: "We find that the effect of competition is to save lives without raising costs. Patients discharged from hospitals located in markets where competition was more feasible were less likely to die, had...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (12th Day) (13 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: The noble Baroness should look at this document and at the research which is stated in it.

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (12th Day) (13 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I have listened very carefully to the debate. I think that it has been one of the best that we have had. I pay tribute to those who have taken part, and especially to the Opposition, for introducing it so fully. I, too, have been connected with the health service since 1948. Like the father of my noble friend Lord Owen, my father was a GP. This resonates with what the noble Lord was...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (11th Day) (7 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, that is great opportunity lost. If we are going to have an executive agency on the lines of the MHRA, that organisation has an independent chairman, not a civil servant. What we really want is an independent chairman. The majority on the NHS Commissioning Board are non-executives. I am very grateful to the Government for going some way, but a little stride further would be very welcome.

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (11th Day) (7 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I speak to Amendment 260, in the name of the noble Lord, Lord Patel. It is probably not the time to go around memory lane, but I want to draw on some experiences that I have had. I was the hapless Minister responsible for the Health Education Authority. Some people may remember the Health Education Authority. It was largely independent and its funding came through the department. I...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (11th Day) (7 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: I just ask the supporters of the two amendments a question-the noble Lord, Lord Warner, may be the appropriate one, having been a director of social services. The amendment talks about breaking down the barriers. We are all at one with that. I was very interested in what the noble Baroness, Lady Pitkeathley, said about the Dilnot report; the noble Lord, Lord Warner, was a distinguished member...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (11th Day) (7 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I have two amendments in this grouping and, lest I be drummed out of the Brownies, I would like to explain that there is a typo in the Marshalled List. It should read not "detailed merits" but "detailed remits". As noble Lords will appreciate, there is a great difference, and I do not need any persuasion as to the merits of this Bill. The purpose of my two amendments is to be...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (10th Day) (5 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: I thought we were going to debate Amendment 260 later today and I would like to take part in that debate when we come to it in the groupings.

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (10th Day) (5 Dec 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: I support a number of these amendments. Indeed, my name is harnessed to them. When the Minister wrote to us after Second Reading, he answered the noble Baronesses, Lady Eccles and Lady Gould, on the subject of the importance of the director of public health and their status. He said that the Government would expect them, "to be of Chief Officer status with direct accountability to the Chief...

Health and Social Care Bill — Committee (8th Day) (28 Nov 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I was heartened by a lot of what my noble friend said about maternity services, but it seems that the variations will be reduced through NICE quality standards. I understand that NICE has a very long queue of services to be considered for quality standards and I wonder whether my noble friend and the Government have any influence over which services have priority to have their...

Health and Social Care Bill — Committee (8th Day) (28 Nov 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I have tabled three amendments in this grouping: Amendments 110C, 131A and 190C. I am grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Patel, for supporting the amendments because they concern maternity services, and I do not think I could have anyone more distinguished than the past president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, although of course the noble Lord is also...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (7th Day) (Continued). (22 Nov 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: Those words are so warm to my heart, I cannot tell the noble Lord how much. One of the things that really concerns me is delay. I am worried that if we get this outside group it will delay matters, because some of this is very urgent at the moment. What is the relationship between this and the independent review panel-I am not sure what it is called-which deals with hospitals at the moment?

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (7th Day) (Continued). (22 Nov 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: I am indebted to my noble friend for that. Does the Independent Reconfiguration Panel play a part in this? Is it something different? Do we have to go through that as well, in which case it will take even longer?

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (7th Day) (22 Nov 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I should like to probe the amendment a little further because I think that it has a lot of merit, especially when one considers the PFI arrangements that have so destroyed the financial situation within the NHS. I should like to ask the noble Lord, Lord Warner, about the accountability of the body. As I understand it, it is to be independent. I presume that he means independent in...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (7th Day) (22 Nov 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: I will think about that. Having dealt with the Treasury in the past, I know how difficult it is to get anything ring-fenced. However, the noble Baroness's suggestion is very interesting and I will take it on board. We have examples of other consumer groups being very effective within their parent organisation. I think in particular of NICE, which has done a lot to get views on its work from...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (7th Day) (22 Nov 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I have listened to the debate, and some powerful arguments have been put forward for an independent HealthWatch England. However, I am not sure that that is the right answer. The noble Lord, Lord Harris, said that he feels that the Bill is setting up the new arrangements, and of course he is right. However, when one is setting up new arrangements, it is a good idea to look at what...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (7th Day) (22 Nov 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I am very grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Harris, for his history lesson. Perhaps I should not go on to the Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health. Perhaps he remembers that organisation, which never quite worked. I think that it did its best, but it failed to influence the Labour Government of the time. Perhaps it was a bit too strident. Maybe it was not canny...

Health and Social Care Bill: Committee (6th Day) (16 Nov 2011)

Baroness Cumberlege: My Lords, I should like to make a short intervention to ask my noble friend one or two questions. When I was a Minister I was responsible for the Health of the Nation policy, which I much enjoyed. At the time we introduced the five-a-day programme. That was 21 years ago, so we can see how long it has taken to get that message deep into the psyche of the British people. There is something...


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