Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

NHS reforms may be sent back to committee stage

  • 6 Comments

NHS reform plans could be sent back to a committee of MPs, a senior government minister has confirmed.

Commons leader Sir George Young said a decision would be taken once ministers had responded to Professor Steve Field’s review of the far-reaching shake-up.

If the Health and Social Care Bill were to be sent back to committee it could hold up progress for weeks or months, but Sir George insisted he wanted MPs to have “adequate time” to examine any proposed changes to the legislation.

Responding to questions on future Commons business he said: “I think it makes sense to await the outcome of the Field review and the government’s response before we take a decision about whether or not the Bill should be recommitted.

“But … we spent more time in public bill committee on that Bill than any Bill since 2002.

“Whatever the outcome, recommital or report stage, I am determined the House will have adequate time to debate the remaining stages of the Health Bill.”

Last month deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said he thought the Bill would have to be sent back to a committee of MPs for detailed scrutiny as a result of the scale of changes the government would make.

Shadow Commons leader Hilary Benn said it would be “unacceptable” for the Bill not to be sent back to the committee.

Labour’s Joan Whalley called for a fresh debate on the Bill, saying: “The founding principles of the NHS are now at risk and the legal duty to provide healthcare, to secure the provision of healthcare, will be abolished unless this House looks in detail at that.”

Sir George told her: “The founding principles of the Bill are not at risk … I am determined that there should be adequate time to debate the Health Bill.

“I think it does make sense … to await the outcome of the Field report and then see what amendments the government proposes to table to it and then take a decision as to whether it’s recommitted or whether we deal with it on report.

“But I am determined that the House should have adequate time to consider the important remaining stages of this Bill.”

  • 6 Comments

Readers' comments (6)

  • Steve Williams

    Jolly good. A lot of hot air expended and zero result.

    Maggie Thatch and the Sainsbury report anyone?

    Just more money given to consultants. For those of you who don't know... that's the Friends And Family Plan (F&F Plan) a euphemism for "kick-backs" (which is also a euphemism for fraud.)

    For a better definition of corruption go and see

    https://www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice/clinical-specialisms/management/cno-spends-1m-on-consultants/5030628.article

    F&F and Christine at its best and brightest.

    Does bugger all but sit back on her fat posterior and wait for an MBE or similar gong for making her chums a lot of money... YOUR MONEY!

    Remind me... who elected her?

    Remind me... what is her job description?

    Remind me... what does she do for you?

    Remind me... can you get rid of her?

    BWwahhhhh.......

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • I can't believe they were rushing through a bill that was designed to abdicate the government's legal duty to provide healthcare. Why hasn't more been said about this particular aspect and lest it be forgotten an underpinning principle of the NHS itself?

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Sounds like just a setback, not change

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Agree with all three of the above comments. They are running scared now, and are trying desperately to spin this so they will find a way to push it through another way at another time.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • 'Sounds like just a setback, not change'

    'they will find a way to push it through another way at another time'

    Don't let time make us more complacent and forget our passion at this time, as we often do

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

  • Anonymous | 12-Jun-2011 1:16 am

    I totally agree! Now we need to press the attack and make sure this is dead and buried and our profession is taken seriously. We need the RCN and UNISON to ballot for a strike just to make our position absolutely clear.

    Unsuitable or offensive? Report this comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.

Related Jobs