Canlyniadau 161–180 o 3293 ar gyfer speaker:Lord Markham

Midwives: Bullying - Question (16 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: I agree with my noble friend. Over the last 18 months, I have appreciated the power of this House and of these Questions. Each time I get one, it sets off a process. In this case, I undertook to meet the Chief Midwifery Officer to make sure that feet are being held to the fire. I know that Minister Caulfield is doing this. It is to the credit of the House that it has this scrutiny role.

Midwives: Bullying - Question (16 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: The noble Lord is absolutely correct. It is crucial. We have a whistleblowing system. It has had over 100,000 reported instances. We are trying to inculcate a culture where people feel able and free to stand up and point out an issue.

Midwives: Bullying - Question (16 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: The noble Lord is absolutely correct. This is the role of non-execs. Having done a bit of work on the Lucy Letby case, I understand that the non-execs should have said something. Obviously, the executives should have found out, but the non-execs clearly had a role. This is an excellent question. I have to be honest and say that I need to come back on it, if I may, so that I can give the noble...

Midwives: Bullying - Question (16 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: I agree. As ever with these things, there are a number of issues, of which pay is one. The introduction of the £5,000 a year support that we now give to all students is an important help with regard to debt. Work conditions are important, but key to it all is the culture. I have seen many examples where that has not been great. I was quite impressed by the Chief Midwifery Officer saying that...

Midwives: Bullying - Question (16 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: I will come back to the noble Lord with the exact number, but he is correct: the long-term workforce plan is all about making sure that we have the right resources and infrastructure to train the required number of people. Behind that, we have funded an extra 150 spaces this year and we have a target to increase them by 1,000 by 2026. It is absolutely as the noble Lord maintains: we are...

Midwives: Bullying - Question (16 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: I thank my noble friend, who has been a tireless campaigner on continuity of care. I challenged the chief midwife on this just this morning, and the objective behind the long-term workforce plan is to make sure that we have the resources in place to maintain that, starting with ethnic minorities. We all know that there is a disparity of outcomes in terms of inequality, so the first priority...

Pandemic Preparedness - Question (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: The Government continue to plan and prepare for a range of pandemic and emerging infectious disease scenarios. These include respiratory diseases such as flu and diseases spread by contact, vector-borne or through oral transmission. This built on lessons learned through Covid-19. We are working with partners to strengthen our pandemic preparedness and to build a flexible and scalable...

Pandemic Preparedness - Question (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: I totally agree with the noble Baroness. What I am interested in as a Health Minister is what lessons we can learn so that we are better prepared next time round. My understanding is that stage 1 is going to be reported in early summer, and that should give us some of those findings. I completely agree that that is what really matters.

Pandemic Preparedness - Question (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: I think our record in this speaks for itself. I am very proud of the action that we took as a Government to make sure that the AstraZeneca vaccine was prepared quickly, put in arms quickly and offered all around the world on a not-for-profit basis very quickly. Action speaks louder than words, and that is something that we are well-prepared on. I have been involved in some of the...

Pandemic Preparedness - Question (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: I think it is understood and accepted that the VIP fast lane was not a good way of going ahead; lessons have definitely been learned. At the same time, I refer to the fact that 97% of all procurement fit the bill and worked very well. Yes, 3% did not and lessons need to be worked on, but we should remember that, in those extraordinary times, 97% was pretty good.

Pandemic Preparedness - Question (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: Absolutely. To respond to both this question and the earlier question from the noble Baroness, Lady Deech, the other things I would like to see the inquiry look at are the lockdown and comparisons with countries such as Sweden, what lessons can be learned across the whole health system, the impact on the mental health of our children and a lot of the other areas that my noble friend mentioned.

Pandemic Preparedness - Question (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: We definitely look to work closely with our colleagues, and I have spoken to my Health Minister counterparts on this. One of the lessons from the pandemic was that you also need to have your own capability. The work we have done on the100-day mission, and the strategic relationship we have entered into with Moderna—which can develop vaccines in as little as four to six weeks to answer some...

Pandemic Preparedness - Question (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: I thank the noble Baroness. The UKHSA has been working and there are four main areas we want to be responding on. First, there is the vaccine, and the 100-day mission is all about making sure that we have the vaccines quickly. We have 100 million vaccines prepositioned for flu and 250 million for other diseases. Secondly, there is the manufacturing scale-up. We have a fund in place so that...

Pandemic Preparedness - Question (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: Excuse me, but I think we will find that Britain was a world leader in developing a vaccine and making it available all round the world on a not-for-profit basis. If any noble Lord can come up with examples where countries have done more than we have in this space, I would be delighted to hear them. I, for one, am proud of what we did.

Pandemic Preparedness - Question (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: That is all a part of what I referred to as having a toolkit for a flexible response. The problem always in these things is that you tend to fight the next war on what happened in the last one. We have to be careful in what we do and that we are not trying to fight the next pandemic on the last one, because inevitably it will be different. Having a flexible and scalable response, including...

Pandemic Preparedness - Question (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: As the noble Lord mentions, one of the key pillars is having diagnostic capability. The noble Lord will be aware that, for the sequencing of all the different Covid strands, it was the UK that they were sent to because our diagnostic and sequencing ability is second to none. I am assured that that capability still exists and, with that, our ability to scale up diagnostic testing very quickly.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health and Social Care: Cass Review Update (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Victoria Atkins MP) made the following Written Statement: Please refer to the Oral Statement I have made today on this subject.

Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health and Social Care: Lampard Inquiry Update (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Victoria Atkins MP) made the following Written Statement: I am today updating Parliament that the Terms of Reference for the Lampard Inquiry have been finalised and were published on 10 April on gov.uk: Lampard Inquiry: terms of reference - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk). A copy of a letter to the Chair of the Health and Social Care...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health and Social Care: NHS Consultant Workforce Update (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: My Rt. Hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care (Victoria Atkins MP) made the following Written Statement: I am pleased to confirm to the House that the Government will move to implement the offer made on 5 March to the NHS consultant workforce in England. Following negotiations with the British Medical Association (BMA) and Hospital Consultants and Specialists...

Written Ministerial Statements — Department of Health and Social Care: Charges Uplift for NHS Prescriptions, Wigs and Fabric Supports (15 Ebr 2024)

Lord Markham: My Rt. Hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Public Health, Start for Life and Primary Care) (Andrea Leadsom MP) made the following Written Statement: The National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Amendment) Regulations 2024 (“the Amendment Regulations”) have been laid before Parliament to increase certain National Health Service charges...


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