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Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I have been looking at clause 2, which states: “The Secretary of State shall exercise his powers under this Act to promote the health service as an efficient service based on mutual cooperation and social solidarity”. I wonder whether my hon. Friend might get on to the question of whether clause 1 is simply duplicated in clause 2, so that clause 1 is not necessary at all. I hope that he...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I have been looking at clause 2, which states: “The Secretary of State shall exercise his powers under this Act to promote the health service as an efficient service based on mutual cooperation and social solidarity”. I wonder whether my hon. Friend might get on to the question of whether clause 1 is simply duplicated in clause 2, so that clause 1 is not necessary at all. I hope that he...

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: To be clear, my hon. Friend is saying not that he disapproves of value for money, but that he does not think it is appropriate to insert the term in this legislation at this point. Is that right?

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: To be clear, my hon. Friend is saying not that he disapproves of value for money, but that he does not think it is appropriate to insert the term in this legislation at this point. Is that right?

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I am sorry to say that having read the report in Hansard of my own contribution, I felt that I failed to get to the heart of the matter with my amendments. I hope that my hon. Friend the Minister will be able to do so in his remarks on the clause.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I cannot understand how my right hon. Friend the Member for East Yorkshire took that impression from my intervention. I was not advising the Committee to reject my amendments—I firmly believe in them; I simply did not think I had really got into why precisely my amendments were as correct as I believe them to be.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I am sorry to say that having read the report in Hansard of my own contribution, I felt that I failed to get to the heart of the matter with my amendments. I hope that my hon. Friend the Minister will be able to do so in his remarks on the clause.

Public Bill Committee: National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill: Clause 1 (3 Mar 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I cannot understand how my right hon. Friend the Member for East Yorkshire took that impression from my intervention. I was not advising the Committee to reject my amendments—I firmly believe in them; I simply did not think I had really got into why precisely my amendments were as correct as I believe them to be.

New Clause 1 — Natural Justice (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: While we are talking about a Bill of Rights from a few centuries ago, let me check that the wording of new clause 2 is meant to be as printed in the Order Paper, namely that nothing in the Act shall be “constructed” by any court as affecting the Bill of Rights 1689. Should that read “construed”, or is it a special language from 1689?

New Clause 3 — Statutory duty of the Health Service Ombudsman (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I want to say briefly that when we deal with a Bill about complaints against the national health service, we inevitably concentrate on the complaints. However, an essential part of this debate should be a recognition that, by and large, the national health service does a fantastic job and its doctors, nurses, managers and support staff are dedicated to the improvement of people’s lives,...

New Clause 3 — Statutory duty of the Health Service Ombudsman (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend has made a valid point about the remaining number of private Members’ Fridays. I hope that the ombudsman will at least read this debate and recognise that it would be best practice to put into her report the relevant time—in other words, as amendment 3 says, “before the end of that period”.

New Clause 3 — Statutory duty of the Health Service Ombudsman (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Might one not read that in a positive way by saying that if the complaints are found not to have been justified that suggests that the national health service is doing a pretty good job?

New Clause 3 — Statutory duty of the Health Service Ombudsman (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend the Member for Christchurch (Mr Chope) suggests that I might like to address amendments 1 and 2. During the last debate, my hon. Friend the Member for Bury North (Mr Nuttall) pointed out that I was not suggesting that the health service ombudsman should keep the complainants properly informed and I said that I was persuaded that it was not actually necessary to do so. What I...

New Clause 3 — Statutory duty of the Health Service Ombudsman (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: How does my hon. Friend deal with the problem that there might be some issues that are outside the control of the ombudsman? For example, the ombudsman might be hoping for a response from a health provider that he is simply not getting. How would the ombudsman then obey the statutory duty that we would be applying?

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: After hearing valuable comments from both sides of the House, I have come to the conclusion that my new clauses would not be helpful and I beg to ask leave to withdraw the motion. Clause, by leave, withdrawn.

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend is right to say that there is a one-in-100 chance of a complaint taking more than a year to be dealt with, but I should perhaps have said that there are only about three chances in 100 of a complaint being dealt with at all, because so many of them are outside the scope of what the ombudsman can look into in the first place.

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: Would my right hon. Friend like to reflect on the strange coincidence of the number of Eric Forth’s laws we are looking at and the fact that he hated laws of all sorts?

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: I have to say that I find that argument extremely persuasive. However, it is reasonable for the ombudsman to give some idea of how long an investigation is expected to take. After all, it is only an estimate, not a hard and fast guarantee. I accept that the estimate may turn out to be woefully wrong—I think my right hon. Friend was referring to the Sam Morrish case, a huge tragedy that was...

New Clause 1 — Information to the public (27 Feb 2015)

James Arbuthnot: My hon. Friend has spotted a deep lacuna in my new clause, of which I am conscious. He is quite right, as I would expect of someone with his forensic skills. There is not, however, any need for legislation, in the way my hon. Friend suggests, to require the ombudsman to keep the complainant informed because, as far as I can tell, the ombudsman already does her best to keep complainants...


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