Clause 38 - Reconfiguration of services: intervention powers

Part of Health and Care Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 2:45 pm on 21st September 2021.

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Photo of Steve McCabe Steve McCabe Labour, Birmingham, Selly Oak 2:45 pm, 21st September 2021

With this it will be convenient to discuss the following:

Amendment 102, in schedule 6, page 180, line 12, at end insert—

“relevant Health Overview & Scrutiny Committee” means any Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee in an area to which the proposal for a reconfiguration of NHS services relates.”.

This amendment is consequential on Amendment 103.

Amendment 103, in schedule 6, page 180, line 41, at end insert—

“(3A) Before taking a decision under sub-paragraph (2)(a), the Secretary of State must—

(a) consult all relevant Health Overview & Scrutiny Committees, and

(b) have regard to, and publish, clinical advice from the Integrated Care Board’s Medical Director.”.

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to consult any relevant Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (as defined by Amendment 102), and to have regard to and publish clinical advice from the ICB Medical Director, before intervening in local service reconfiguration.

Amendment 104, in schedule 6, page 180, line 43, at end insert—

“(aa) publish a statement demonstrating that the decision is in the public interest,”.

This amendment would require the Secretary of State to publish a statement demonstrating that any decision they have made on a reconfiguration proposal is in the public interest.

That schedule 6 be the Sixth schedule to the Bill.