Tag Archive for NHS

Dreaming of the Health Bill

Baroness Thornton

If it already feels like total immersion in the Health and Social Care Bill I cannot imagine what it will be like when we actually get to consider the blessed thing on the floor of the House. The whole world seems to feel the need to send briefing about the Bill Yesterday for example, I…

Diabetes Screening

Guest Contributor

I suffer from diabetes so I have followed medical progress and treatment opportunities closely. There is always a fear of blindness with this condition so it is really encouraging to find the Government is introducing retinopathy screening to all potentially vulnerable groups nationwide whose eyesight is threatened. But we have to find new ways of…

What are debates for?

Baroness Murphy

We’ve just finished Baroness Eccles’ debate on Quality of Care in the NHS’. 17 peers spoke for 5 minutes each on this wide-ranging topic. I seriously wonder whether this is the best use of parliamentary time. No doubt official(s?) in the Department of Health are obliged to read it and ensure the Minister has responded…

Quality of Care in the NHS

Baroness Murphy

My monthly Board meeting this morning at Monitor, the regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts. Monitor makes sure Trusts are well-managed and financially strong so that they can deliver excellent healthcare for patients.NHS foundation trusts are a key part of the reform programme in the NHS. They are autonomous organisations, free from central Government control. They…