Health and Social Care Bill — Report (4th Day) (Continued)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 9:45 pm on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench 9:45 pm, 29th February 2012

My Lords, I support Amendment 162, moved by the noble Baroness, Lady Cumberlege. It is vital. The Health Protection Agency is admired across the world. It does vital work and important research. We cannot afford to lose something which is so effective. I see no reason why it should not have an independent chairman. It is also a very interesting idea to have a special health authority. When we were taking evidence on the Select Committee on HIV, the Health Protection Agency said that there were many concerned people not just in England but across the world, because they depend on our advice. That is why independence is so important. We cannot lose something so good.