New Clause 12 — De-authorisation of NHS foundation trusts

Part of New Member – in the House of Commons at 5:00 pm on 12th October 2009.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health) 5:00 pm, 12th October 2009

I am grateful to the right hon. Gentleman for that, because my answer to his point enables me to say, first, that I am not aware of any evidence that Monitor was informed by the Care Quality Commission and, secondly, that our argument is that Monitor should be strengthened. That would have enabled it, had it been told, to take appropriate action. Despite the denial, in terms, in the Secretary of State's letter, our concern is that what may lie behind the new clause and the Government's amendments is a cooling-off of their enthusiasm for the foundation trust model and its independence. We therefore want to ensure that that is made clear, although I suspect that that might be more welcome to the right hon. Gentleman than to those on his Front Bench.

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