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Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th May 2018.

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Photo of Jon Ashworth Jon Ashworth Shadow Secretary of State for Health 12:00 am, 8th May 2018

I thank the Secretary of State for his update on breast cancer screening. I welcome his letter this morning with respect to patient safety in the private sector, but is not the truth that the best quality of care is provided by a public national health service? Is it not time to legislate to ensure that private hospitals improve their patient safety standards, and if he accepts that levels of safety are not acceptable in the private sector, why is the NHS still referring patients to the unsafe private sector? Should there not be a moratorium on those referrals until these issues are sorted out?