Results 121–140 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

Voluntary and Charitable Sectors — Motion to Take Note (26 Jun 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I thank the noble Baroness, Lady Scott, for giving us the opportunity to debate a subject so close to the hearts of many of us. I have worked most of my life either in or closely with the voluntary sector, and my interests are declared in the register. I also chair the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Civil Society and Volunteering. As the noble Baroness has reminded us, the sector...

Health: Secondary Care — Question (26 Jun 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, would the Minister agree that one of the essential elements for early diagnosis was time—time to spend with the patient and hear exactly what their symptoms are? How does that tie in with the current reports about pressure on GP surgeries and time?

Health: Transition to Adult Health Services — Question (11 Jun 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, problems arising at the transition stage are often reported by the parents of these young people because they are their carers. Does the Minister agree that standards of care must include support for those much-needed parent carers?

Healthcare Professions: Regulation — Question (10 Jun 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I declare an interest—

Healthcare Professions: Regulation — Question (10 Jun 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: I declare an interest as chair of the Professional Standards Authority. The authority has already done preparatory work for the Department of Health on which changes to Section 60 orders would be in the interests of public protection and cost-effectiveness. Can the Minister say that the Government will take account of this work and the views of the regulators as they consider their next steps?

NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups — Question (9 Jun 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: I thank the Minister for pointing that out and saving me having to do so. We are talking about so-called informal, unpaid carers in this Question. My noble friend’s Question has underlined how much progress is still to be made in bringing the needs of carers to the attention of local CCGs and health professionals. Will future versions of the carers strategy action plan address that issue?

Immigration Bill: Report (3rd Day) (7 Apr 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: I must tell your Lordships that if Amendment 56 is agreed to, I cannot call Amendments 56ZA to 56ZD inclusive for reasons of pre-emption.

NHS: Mental Health Funding — Question (2 Apr 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, there are three times as many deaths from suicide as from road accidents. The prescription of antidepressants went up by 10% last year and still only one-quarter of people with a mental illness are in treatment. Are the Government satisfied with the level of funding for preventive and psychological support services?

Health: Local Healthwatch Funding — Question (19 Mar 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, it is surely disingenuous to think that local Healthwatch can properly represent the interests of patients—the Government made very strong commitments about that during the passage of recent health Bills—when it is being starved of cash. What discussions have been taking place between the Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government to ensure that...

Health: Care Homes — Question (11 Mar 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to abolish the practice of payment of retainer fees to general practitioners for providing services to care homes.

Health: Care Homes — Question (11 Mar 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: I thank the Minister for that reply, but does she agree that, since all patients in care homes are, as she says, entitled to NHS services anyway, to charge them for an enhanced service and then not provide it is actually fraudulent? Moreover, it causes a great many problems in the NHS as well. If an old person is not adequately treated in the care home, that often results in unnecessary...

Immigration Bill — Committee (3rd Day) (Continued) (10 Mar 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: I must tell your Lordships that if Amendment 52 is agreed I cannot call Amendments 52A to 54ZZA for reasons of pre-emption. Amendment 52 Moved by Lord Clement-Jones 52: Schedule 3, page 61, line 31, leave out from “occupation” to end of line 12 on page 62 and insert “in residential premises between— (a) landlord, as defined in subsection (3) of section 15; and (b) an applicant for a...

Health: Multiple Sclerosis Nurses — Question (5 Mar 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, given what the Minister has said about the variations, can he explain a bit more about the tremendous regional variations in the numbers of patients who have access to an MS nurse, because this causes great confusion to patients and their families? For example, I understand that in the east of England there are 220 patients per MS nurse, whereas in the north-west there are as many...

Children and Families Bill — Third Reading (5 Feb 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: Noble Lords will not be surprised to hear that I am very pleased with the government amendment. Much more important, parent carers everywhere will be relieved and delighted. All that we ever wanted was for parent carers to have the same rights to assessment as those which have been given by this Government and previous Governments to carers of adults and to young carers. We also wanted the...

Children and Families Bill — Report (5th Day) (Continued) (29 Jan 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, as the clock reads midnight, I will say very little in support of my noble friend’s excellent moving of this, as she says, modest amendment, except to say that going without any time off for possibly years on end may push carers to breaking point. When their leave runs out or they feel that they cannot cope any more, many employees feel that they have no choice but to give up work...

NHS: Cancer Treatment — Question (29 Jan 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to ensure that older people receive equal access to NHS cancer treatment.

NHS: Cancer Treatment — Question (29 Jan 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: I thank the Minister for that welcome Answer, but is he aware of the recently published Macmillan Cancer Support report, which shows that up to as many as 10,000 cancer patients die needlessly each year because of blatant ageism among doctors? For example, recommendations for chemotherapy diminish by as much as half if you are over 70. Since we are an ageing population and half of all new...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I thank all noble Baronesses who have spoken at this late hour but most of all I thank the Minister not only for his apology, which will mean a great deal to many parent carers, and for putting it on the public record but also for the interest that he and his officials have taken in this issue, and for his undertaking to bring back issues about consolidation or streamlining at Third...

Children and Families Bill — Report (4th Day) (28 Jan 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, I will speak also to Amendments 57ZB and 57ZC. The Care Bill currently being debated in another place is making major changes to adult social care law. We have already put those changes through this House. It brings forward important and welcome new rights for adults caring for other adults. This Bill already strengthens the rights of young carers. These new rights will make it...

Health: Confidential Patient Information — Question (23 Jan 2014)

Baroness Pitkeathley: My Lords, many noble Lords will have received recently a leaflet through their letter box, saying that their records are going to be made available unless they opt out. The means of opting out is to contact your GP. First, has anyone noticed how difficult it is to contact your GP in some circumstances? Secondly, would it have been beyond the wit of the department to include a simple, tick-box...


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