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Committee (5th Day)

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in the House of Lords at 7:00 pm on 14th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Greaves Lord Greaves Liberal Democrat 7:00 pm, 14th November 2011

There is a great deal of truth in what the noble Lord says. Looking at this from afar, I think that the Government have had to struggle with this tension. In order for the bodies to be serious commissioning bodies, commissioning not just for their patients individually or collectively but for the health needs of their area, they have to be sufficiently large. What will happen is that the GPs who sit on these new commissioning groups almost certainly will represent the GPs in the whole of that area, and they will have to be appointed by some democratic process representing the whole area-perhaps one from each area. I do not know how they will do it but that will have to happen at a local, practical level.

In my view, one thing that has bedevilled this debate is that the word "commissioning" has been used in two quite separate senses. One has been the idea of a GP commissioning services for his particular-