General Practitioners (Clinical Audit)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st November 2000.

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Photo of Gisela Stuart Gisela Stuart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) 12:00 am, 21st November 2000

The Tories simply could not match our commitment, in terms either of extra capital investment or of expanding the work force. I remind the hon. Gentleman that before 1997, the Tories did not seem to show a keen interest in regulating the profession or in ensuring patient safety. Since 1997, the Labour Government have introduced a framework that includes the National Institute for Clinical Excellence, the Commission for Health Improvement and the extension of audits to include not only hospital trusts but general practitioners. The Labour Government are expanding the service safely, reliably and sustainably, not undermining it as the Tories did.