New Clause 12 — De-authorisation of NHS foundation trusts

Part of New Member – in the House of Commons at 5:30 pm on 12th October 2009.

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Photo of Ian McCartney Ian McCartney Labour, Makerfield 5:30 pm, 12th October 2009

On the last point that the hon. Gentleman made, I should mention that I was the Minister responsible for the passing of the disclosure Bill; Sir Patrick Cormack was also involved, having many years ago promoted it. We secured an amendment-a change has now been made. It instructs chairmen of tribunals, even where there is a gagging clause or someone withdraws the complaint, that the matter has to be submitted to the regulator. I suggest that Mr. Cash contacts the relevant Minister of State at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to ensure that that is being applied. The reason for the provision was to try to prevent people from using gagging clauses or other mechanisms to prevent this type of information from coming out via the tribunal system.

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