Clause 5

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 12:45 pm on 15th January 2008.

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Photo of Sandra Gidley Sandra Gidley Shadow Minister, Health 12:45 pm, 15th January 2008

I agree entirely. I must also say at this point that there are a lot of places that deal with that kind of problem well. We all go into care homes as part of our jobs and we get a feel for who is doing things well. However, there is not any real way that we can tackle some of these problems.

It is about raising the bar and I agree with the hon. Lady that it would be a shame if tackling that type of practice were not a priority. However, the new commission has a huge amount of work on its hands  and there is a lot for it to get its teeth into. It will concentrate on the must-dos. If tackling that kind of practice does not appear in the Bill as a must-do, in the early days at least, it will not attract the attention that it deserves.