I hope that these amendments will improve the effectiveness of the primary care trusts and their ability to control their performance lists. Amendment No. 621 will enable regulations made under section 28Q(3) to ensure that, where a performer is subject to an inquiry into efficiency and fraud, that performer cannot circumvent the investigation by simply removing his or her name from the list. It would not be in the public interest for the Government to allow that to happen, and I hope that members of the Committee will sign up to that.
Amendment No. 622 makes it clear that the information disclosed about applications to be included on the list should include information about applications that have also been granted. That is a natural counterpart to information about refusals, and it will provide a fair and more evenly balanced system.
Amendment No. 623 makes it clear that information about applications for inclusion on a list may be shared with the Secretary of State, primary care trusts and local health boards. That is necessary in order to ensure that a performer, under sanctions
applied by one authority, can be quickly identified should a subsequent application be made to a different body. That, too, is in the interests of the profession and the patients.
Amendment agreed to.
Amendments made: No. 622, in
clause 161, page 80, line 20, at end insert 'grants or'.
No. 623, in
clause 161, page 80, line 35, at end insert—
'( ) Regulations making provision as to the matters referred to in subsection (3)(j) may in particular authorise the disclosure of information—
(b) by the Secretary of State to a Primary Care Trust or Local Health Board.'.—[Mr. Hutton.]
Clause 161, as amended, ordered to stand part of the Bill.
Clause 162 ordered to stand part of the Bill.