NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:13 pm on 27th November 2013.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 3:13 pm, 27th November 2013

We give no steer. As I said to the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, the principles on which NHS England should operate are clearly of concern to Ministers—namely, equal access for equal need, the need to take account of health inequalities in an area, and not destabilising the NHS. We also believe that NHS England should be transparent in whatever it does. Those are legitimate concerns for Ministers, but we do not seek to steer NHS England in any particular direction.