Health and Social Care Bill — Report (3rd Day) (Continued)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:15 pm on 27th February 2012.

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Photo of The Earl of Sandwich The Earl of Sandwich Crossbench 11:15 pm, 27th February 2012

My Lords, having worked in the voluntary sector for many years, I could not resist saying one word in support of my noble friend. The only word that I missed from his speech and that of the noble Baroness, Lady Tyler, was "innovative". The voluntary sector is ahead of the National Health Service in so many ways, as are other sectors.

We are coming to an amendment, if not tonight then probably on Wednesday, regarding addiction to prescribed drugs. This is a field where we have practitioners who are the people who do it; they are not the bureaucrats behind. It is an area where the Bill needs strengthening. The noble Lord, Lord Rooker, and I tabled a very important amendment on this matter last time around. I can hear him saying, "Let us take every opportunity to strengthen the Bill when it comes to the voluntary sector and bureaucracy".