Clause 13

Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:15 pm on 15th January 2008.

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Cancellation of registration

Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Mr. O'Brien rose—

Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health)

I fear that it is unlucky for you, Mr. Hood, because I have stopped you in your flow, but it just so happens that 13 has always been my lucky number, so I have to hope that this is the one for me.

I simply have a question for the Minister, which is lucky for everyone. What protection does clause 13 offer the taxpayer, or indeed council tax payers, with regard to contracts cancelled as a result of such action? We are looking at the cancellation of registration, so I hope that his briefing will give me the answer to that question because I am sure that that will be seriously contemplated by those trying to understand the import of the Bill.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

Of course, such a sanction would be used only as a very last resort. It would be used, for example, if the regulator felt that the immediate closure of a hospital or care home would endanger people’s health or even their lives. Given that assurance, I hope that the hon. Gentleman accepts that situations in which life or the quality of care are seriously at risk will be the priority of a robust, independent regulator.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 13 ordered to stand part of the Bill.