Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:15 pm on 16th October 2003.

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Photo of Baroness Carnegy of Lour Baroness Carnegy of Lour Conservative 1:15 pm, 16th October 2003

I wonder whether that is the right answer. It is the sort of answer that the Government are inclined to give—that we shall have a temporary arrangement and see what is necessary. It sounds all right, but if one was setting up a foundation trust it would be particularly irritating to have a temporary arrangement and then to have to think of something else.

Would it not be better to put into the Bill a provision that foundation trusts have a duty to have some arrangement for patient consultation? We should change the Bill, leaving foundation trusts to make the arrangement they want. Would that not be a better answer? I do not know what my noble friend Lady Cumberlege or the Liberal Democrats think about that, but it strikes me that that would be a better response from the Government.