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Health: General Healthcare Group

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have assessed the financial viability of General Healthcare Group, which trades as BMI Hospitals, and its ability to fulfil its obligations as an owner and operator of 72 hospitals.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

It is for commissioners to award contracts to the providers who will provide the best service for patients locally. Commissioners will be expected to have undertaken due diligence on the providers with whom they contract.

Monitor, the independent healthcare regulator, will use licensing conditions to protect and promote the interests of patients. Licensing conditions will enable Monitor to identify, at an early stage, if a provider is at risk of financial distress, and it can then support the provider to take action.

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