NHS Commissioning Board

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons at 1:15 pm on 5th March 2013.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives 1:15 pm, 5th March 2013

Because I had feared that the regulations as currently drafted would result in an NHS driven by profit rather than concern for patient care, I welcomed my hon. Friend’s statement. However, he said that he would base the future draft on the principles set out by the last Labour Government, who favoured the private sector over the NHS. Can he reassure me that the redrafted regulations will enable commissioners to encourage collaboration and the integration of health services, and that that will trump competition on many occasions?