Clause 15 - Code of practice: improvement notices

Part of Health Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 10:15 am on 20th December 2005.

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Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State, Department of Health 10:15 am, 20th December 2005

I am trying not to be too prescriptive because I expect that it will very much depend on the circumstances at the time. The Healthcare Commission will be able to point the organisation that is failing, although not critically, to best practice that might not be being applied. The hon. Gentleman asks what will happen if the organisation fails or refuses to take that action. That will depend on the circumstances. The Healthcare Commission has wide discretion as to what it can recommend, but if it does not take action it will always be open to the Secretary of State to take action if he or she feels that there are sufficient grounds to do so.