Kevin Barron MP on Health and Social Care Bill

NHS Commissioning Board
Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office
1:15 pm

Kevin Barron (Rother Valley, Labour)

During the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill, the Government withdrew clauses that promoted competition and replaced them with clauses that would prevent anti-competitive behaviour. I never understood that at the time. Is it not the case that compulsory competitive tendering is the intention of the regulations and the intention of the original Act ?

Photo of Norman Lamb

Norman Lamb (North Norfolk, Liberal Democrat)

The right hon. Gentleman’s own Government had guidance in place precisely to address anti-competitive behaviour. Let me again reiterate that these regulations will not introduce compulsory competitive tendering. The amendments that we will table will make absolutely clear that the power rests with clinical commissioning groups, and not with the Government, Monitor or anyone else.

 “clauses that would prevent anti-competitive behaviour ”  and  “compulsory competetive tendering”  ?

Couldn’t they just talk about competition and no competition – or is that too simplistic ?

Not even sure if Kev’s first sentence makes sense, does it ? 

Well Mr Lamb seems to understand it. Would be grateful for any enlightenment …


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