NHS staffing levels: Lords debate

22 July 2016

Members of the Lords, including a professor of nursing and healthcare leadership, a former NHS chief nursing officer and the former chief civil servant in the Department of Health, debated the implications of the EU referendum result for government policies on ensuring safe staffing levels in the NHS and social care services, in the House of Lords on Thursday 21 July.

This was a balloted debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government's attention to concerns.

The debate was proposed by Baroness Watkins of Tavistock (Crossbench), professor of nursing and healthcare leadership and non-executive director of the South West Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust.

Members taking part included:

  • Baroness Emerton (Crossbench), president of the Florence Nightingale Foundation and a former NHS chief nursing officer
  • Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour), president of the Royal Society for Public Health
  • Baroness Ludford (Liberal Democrats), Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Europe in the Lords
  • Lord Shinkwin (Conservative), parliamentary affairs manager for Macmillan Cancer Relief

Lord Prior of Brampton (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary for NHS productivity at the Department of Health, responded on behalf of the government.

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