Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:45 am on 16th October 2003.

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Photo of Baroness Cumberlege Baroness Cumberlege Conservative 11:45 am, 16th October 2003

In the past, we have looked at SHAs as holding the ring in the local economy. We know that in the future some people will be outwith the ring—foundation hospitals. If a foundation hospital finds that a specialist service such as neonatal intensive care, for example, will be uneconomic, or that it cannot attract the necessary staff, and decides to discontinue the service and not to seek a contract with the primary care trust, the regulator can come in and look back at something that has already taken place, but he cannot prevent something happening. What happens in those situations?