Clause 44

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:15 pm on 17th January 2008.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health 2:15 pm, 17th January 2008

It will not surprise the hon. Gentleman to learn that I cannot accept the amendments. As he well knows, they would make it impossible for the Care Quality Commission to give the Government or, by implication, the NHS provider about which it is to publish a report, including details of specific recommendations or criticisms that will be  made, any advance warning that it is going to do so. I am sure that that is not what the hon. Gentleman intends. It is perfectly reasonable that the Government, the NHS and social care organisations should have a few days to digest, and in some cases challenge the factual accuracy of, any findings.

We have warmly welcomed all the reports made by the commission over the last two years; they have been extremely helpful and very good. However, it is not reasonable for the new regulator to be able to give any advance warning to organisations about which it is to report. There is common practice in relations between organisations and their regulators on this point, and it would not be fair on those other organisations to accept these amendments as drafted.