New Clause 8

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 3:30 pm on 24th January 2008.

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Photo of Derek Conway Derek Conway Conservative, Old Bexley and Sidcup 3:30 pm, 24th January 2008

With this it will be convenient to discuss the following: New clause 9—General duty of HealthWatch

‘It shall be the duty of HealthWatch to further the interests of patients and the public in relation to the provision of health services in England.’.

New clause 10—Functions of HealthWatch

‘(1) HealthWatch shall make arrangements for ascertaining—

(a) the state of public opinion about the manner in which health services in England are provided,

(b) the views and experiences of patients in relation to the provision of health services in England; and

(c) the views and experiences of patients in relation to the handling, by commissioners and providers of healthcare services, of complaints made to them by such patients.’.

New clause 11—Local Involvement Networks.

‘(1) HealthWatch shall be regarded as an “English network” for the purposes of section 222 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007 (c. 28).

(2) HealthWatch may make such arrangements as it thinks fit for consultation with Local Involvement Networks.’.