Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 8:45 pm on 13th October 2003.

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Photo of Lord Clement-Jones Lord Clement-Jones Liberal Democrat 8:45 pm, 13th October 2003

moved Amendment No. 143:

After Clause 7, insert the following new clause—

"PILOT SCHEMES

(1) The first seven NHS foundation trusts to be authorised under section 6 shall be known as "NHS foundation trust pilot schemes".

(2) Two years after the authorisation of the seventh NHS foundation trust pilot scheme, the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection shall initiate an independent evaluation of all seven pilot schemes against the criteria set out in subsection (3).

(3) The criteria against which the independent evaluation will assess the pilot schemes shall be—

(a) the quality and effectiveness of the health care services provided by the pilot schemes;

(b) any changes to the range of services provided or patients treated by the pilot schemes since they were established;

(c) the impact of the pilot schemes on other parts of the NHS, including neighbouring NHS trusts, local Primary Care Trusts, and systems for patient and public involvement;

(d) the impact of the pilot schemes on the speed and equality of patient access to NHS services;

(e) the effectiveness of the pilot schemes in promoting greater community involvement and influence, with particular reference to their success in ensuring that the membership of foundation trusts' public constituencies is representative of their patients and local residents;

(f) the success of the pilot schemes in promoting greater innovation in the delivery of healthcare services; and

(g) the views of residents in the locality of the pilot schemes, of patients and their relatives, and of staff working in the pilot schemes and their representatives.

(4) The results of the independent evaluation will be published in a report, which will be laid before Parliament by the Secretary of State.

(5) Following the authorisation of the seven NHS foundation trust pilot schemes, no further NHS foundation trusts may be authorised by the regulator until after the publication of the independent evaluation of the NHS foundation trust pilot schemes.

(6) In determining which bodies to authorise as NHS foundation trust pilot schemes, the regulator shall endeavour to ensure that the pilot schemes reflect, so far as is possible, the full range of services and contexts that characterise secondary care in the NHS."