Report (6th Day)

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in the House of Lords at 1:45 pm on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 1:45 pm, 8th March 2012

Before my noble friend withdraws the amendment, I give him that reassurance. The NHS constitution will be monitored at every level in the system, from the Secretary of State downwards, as will the provisions within relating to access to healthcare for NHS patients. Of course, if there is any sign that that pledge in the constitution is being jeopardised in any way, appropriate action will of course be taken.

I am told that I should clarify what I said in answer to the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay, about to whom manager training will apply. It will apply to "leaders across the NHS"-it says here. It will primarily be aimed at very senior managers with a cascade of good practice down to more junior levels.