Clause 55 - Monitor

Part of Health and Social Care(Re-Committed) Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 9:15 am on 7th July 2011.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Labour, Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland 9:15 am, 7th July 2011

The point is that the NHS was subject to the Competition Act, as are all services in the UK. However, as the Minister should know, the NHS is covered under category B services in the European competition rules and is therefore exempt from the Act’s full requirements. The notion that the NHS was already subject to the Competition Act in the same way that this Bill is writing it in—forcing the NHS to be a player in the market rather than the market itself—is wholly untrue.