Report (6th Day)

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 8th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Low of Dalston Lord Low of Dalston Crossbench 3:45 pm, 8th March 2012

My Lords, I cannot speak with anything like the authority of the noble Baroness, Lady Finlay. Few of us can. The noble Baroness, Lady Massey, has obviously been working off the same brief that I have been looking at, so there is little that I can add to what she said. However, I was struck by the research findings that she told us about, which make clear the lack of attention that is paid to the involvement of children. I note also that there were concerns expressed around the involvement of children in patient and public voice mechanisms in the NHS. These concerns were reflected in the report of the Future Forum. Therefore, I think there is every reason to make the involvement of children explicit on the face of the Bill.