NHS: Five Year Forward View — Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 11:58 am on 23rd October 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Brinton Baroness Brinton Liberal Democrat 11:58 am, 23rd October 2014

My Lords, from the Liberal Democrat Benches, we also welcome the five-year report, particularly because it accepts that the business-as-usual model needs to move on. In particular, we welcome the public health aspects and the fact that strong democratic accountability with councillors and local authorities is providing substantial change in public health. Does the Minister agree with the report that there should be more enhanced powers for local authorities to develop this further? If so, can he guarantee that there will be cross-departmental discussions to make sure that there are more responsibilities, powers and funding?