Report (6th Day)

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in the House of Lords at 3:00 pm on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Harris of Haringey Lord Harris of Haringey Labour 3:00 pm, 8th March 2012

I am enormously grateful to the noble Baroness. She has answered some of the questions that I put. However, the question I wanted to ask related to her remarks about 15 minutes ago, when her argument seemed to be that this amendment recreated the former Commission for Patient and Public Involvement in Health. Does she acknowledge that this is a completely different structure, because it would be derived from the bottom up, with the support of local healthwatch organisations? What is more, it would not have to be encumbered by the bureaucracy that the Department of Health formerly imposed on that commission. It is a completely different structure.