Examination of Witnesses
Health and Social Care(Re-Committed) Bill
Owen Smith (Pontypridd, Labour)
Professor Field, in the report you referred to the fact that you no longer wanted Monitor to be an economic regulator, and that you wanted choice to be emphasised and competition to be played down. Are you not disappointed, therefore, that part 3 of the Bill, which relates to competition, is still called “Economic regulation of health and adult social care services”? Are you not also slightly concerned that the shift of emphasis in the wording of the amendments from promoting competition to preventing anti-competition, which I contend is pretty much the same duty, is a very minimal change?