Report (5th Day)

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in the House of Lords at 6:33 pm on 6th March 2012.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 6:33 pm, 6th March 2012

I hoped that I had already made it clear to the noble Baroness that collaborative behaviour when it is in the interests of the patients-and I distinguish that from collusive behaviour, which is almost certainly not in the interests of patients-will be regarded by Monitor as trumping the need for competition to be deployed in services. I am not sure that I understand what the noble Baroness's problem is in this area; she should be reassured by that.