Results 101–120 of 570 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 Pitkeathley

Community Life — Question (25 Mar 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I wonder whether other noble Lords find it as surprising as I do that the noble Baroness in her answers has not mentioned the big society, which was launched with such fanfare at the beginning of this Government and which promised to make the sort of contribution to community life that is contained in this Question.

Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill — Committee (13 Mar 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, for tabling these amendments to Clause 5 and for her characteristically clear introduction. As noble Lords may remember from Second Reading, I, too have concerns about Clause 5 in my role as chair of the Professional Standards Authority. I said then that there had been a misunderstanding of the role of the authority and that I was afraid that...

Care and Support Regulations — Motion to Take Note (12 Feb 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I thank my noble friend Lady Wheeler for the clear way in which she set out her concerns about these regulations and her tenacity in pursuing this issue. I want to comment on two parts that are of particular interest to carers: first, the delegation of assessments and, secondly, concerns about charging carers. The Minister will know that I have always warmly welcomed the Care Act,...

Francis Report: Update and Response — Statement (11 Feb 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: The Minister has acknowledged that it should be the responsibility of all staff to support the principles of openness and whistleblowing. However, has he any concern that the creation of these freedom-to-speak-out guardians might—I say only “might”—lead to staff thinking that they could abdicate that responsibility and leave it all to the guardians?

Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill — Second Reading (6 Feb 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I congratulate the noble Lord, Lord Ribeiro, on his introduction of his Private Member’s Bill and on the clear explanation that he has given of its contents. Although it is a Private Member’s Bill, it has strong support from the Government—such strong support, in fact, that in another place the Minister was reprimanded by the Deputy Speaker for speaking at unusual length on a...

Care: Budget — Question (28 Jan 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, whatever the size of the care budget, I think everybody would agree that the majority of caring responsibilities fall on the caring families. Over the course of the next Parliament, some 10.5 million people will start being carers. Is the Minister confident that the budget will be sufficient to provide them with the information and support they so desperately need?

Recall of MPs Bill: Committee (2nd Day) (19 Jan 2015)

Baroness Pitkeathley: The noble Lord, Lord Foulkes, has withdrawn his amendment. Amendment 45 withdrawn. Amendment 46 not moved. Amendment 47 Moved by Lord Kennedy of Southwark 47: Clause 10, page 7, line 27, at end insert— “( ) Any persons wishing to apply to vote by post, who are not registered to do so before the Speaker’s notice is given or before the cut-off day, must do so no later than the end of the...

Unpaid Carers — Question (8 Dec 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any recent assessment of the financial contribution of unpaid carers to the national economy.

Unpaid Carers — Question (8 Dec 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I put this Question down because of a response I had from the noble Lord, Lord Freud, on 10 November, when I asked him a Question about carers and the bedroom tax. In a reply which I think shocked the whole House, he implied that carers were not taking part in the economic life of this country, so I am glad to have an acknowledgement from the noble Baroness that the Government...

Underoccupancy Charge: Carers — Question (10 Nov 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to exempting unpaid carers from the underoccupancy charge.

Underoccupancy Charge: Carers — Question (10 Nov 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: Does the Minister really think it justifiable to make carers who are providing round-the-clock care apply repeatedly for a discretionary housing payment in order to remain in their own homes—a process which, by the way, is lengthy and bureaucratic, and very uncertain in terms of getting the discretionary payment? Is this really a fair way to treat people who are providing vast amounts of...

Health: Mental Health — Question (28 Oct 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, following on from the noble Earl’s question, does the Minister agree that in the context of child mental health—and many of us are increasingly concerned about the younger and younger age at which people are being diagnosed with mental illness—prevention is as important as treatment, particularly in view of today’s news that less is being spent on prevention?

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Report (1st Day) (20 Oct 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: Is it your Lordships’ pleasure that this amendment be withdrawn?

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Report (1st Day) (20 Oct 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: The amendment has already been moved and the Minister has responded, so it is for the noble Baroness now to decide what she wishes to do with the amendment.

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Report (1st Day) (20 Oct 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: Does the noble Baroness wish to withdraw her amendment or seek the opinion of the House?

NHS: Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment — Question (13 Oct 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, given the importance of early diagnosis and of the significant role that GPs play in that, is the Minister concerned that some patients facing the problems that many now have of finding a GP quickly will be put off presenting with those early symptoms? That will thus get in the way of the early diagnosis that is so important.

Health: Midwives — Question (22 Jul 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, what have we done to address demographic inequalities in the experience of childbirth, particularly for black and minority ethnic women, who often express a great lack of satisfaction with the treatment they receive during labour?

NHS: District Nurses — Question (10 Jul 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I recently came across a district nursing service which had been contracted out to the private sector, to the considerable confusion of some of the patients using it. Does the Minister have the figures for how many district nursing services have been contracted out in this way?

Carers Strategy — Question (3 Jul 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make addressing the financial hardship of carers a priority in the forthcoming update of the Carers Strategy.

Carers Strategy — Question (3 Jul 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: I thank the Minister for that response, and am very glad to hear that financial hardship will be considered. She will know from the recent Carers UK Caring& Family Finances Inquiry that a growing number of carers are finding it really difficult to make ends meet. The commitment was made in the 2008 strategy that carers would always be supported so that they would not suffer financial...


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