Clause 150

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 5:00 pm on 24th March 2011.

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Photo of John Pugh John Pugh Liberal Democrat, Southport 5:00 pm, 24th March 2011

Will the Minister clarify one point? I understand that all the money from private sector enterprises within the FT is ploughed back into the public sector side of the operation, and one assumes that money cannot be put back into the private sector, on the grounds that it would further enhance the public sector. That argument will not work. However, let me ask the Minister about a hypothetical situation: is it possible, within an FT, for a consultant who gets 100% of his pension from the NHS, to spend the majority of his time—51%—doing private work at the same hospital?