Clause 41

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 1:15 pm on 17th January 2008.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien Shadow Minister (Health) 1:15 pm, 17th January 2008

It seems a sensible proposal. It is difficult to understand why the Government are confining themselves to quality standards in NHS care and not beyond. Under the current system in which Ministers have day-to-day control of the NHS, one would have thought they would be doing this anyway  and that the role would be distinct from that of the regulator. We must question what the underlying reason is for the power here. That is the argument.