Amendments proposed to the Health and Social Care Bill - continued House of Commons

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NEW CLAUSES

Joint overview and scrutiny committees etc.

   

Mr John Denham

NC9

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) In this section, relevant functions in relation to a local authority are functions which are, or, but for regulations under this section, would be, exercisable under section 21(2)(f) of the Local Government Act 2000 ("the 2000 Act") by an overview and scrutiny committee of that authority.

    (2) Regulations may make provision under which—

    (a) two or more local authorities may appoint a joint committee of those authorities (a "joint overview and scrutiny committee") and arrange for relevant functions in relation to any (or all) of those authorities to be exercisable by the committee;

    (b) a local authority may arrange for relevant functions in relation to that authority to be exercisable by an overview and scrutiny committee of another local authority;

    (c) a county council for any area may arrange for one or more of the members of an overview and scrutiny committee of the council for a district comprised in that area to be appointed as—

            (i) a member of an overview and scrutiny committee of the county council or another local authority, for the purposes of relevant functions of the committee in relation to the county council, or

            (ii) a member of an overview and scrutiny committee of the county council, for the purposes of relevant functions of the committee in relation to another local authority.

    (3) The regulations may in particular—

    (a) provide for arrangements to be made only in specified circumstances, or subject to specified conditions or limitations;

    (b) in relation to joint overview and scrutiny committees, make provision applying, or corresponding to, any provision of section 21(4) and (6) to (15) of the 2000 Act, with or without modifications.

    (4) The regulations may require, or enable the Secretary of State to direct, a local authority—

    (a) to make arrangements of any description within subsection (2), and

    (b) to comply with such requirements in connection with the arrangements as may be specified in the regulations or as the Secretary of State may direct.

    (5) In section 7(3) and (5), references to an overview and scrutiny committee include references to a joint overview and scrutiny committee.

    (6) In subsection (2)(c), references to an overview and scrutiny committee of a county council include references to a joint overview and scrutiny committee of the council and another local authority.

    (7) Section 21(10) of the 2000 Act does not apply to persons who are members of an overview and scrutiny committee by virtue of arrangements under regulations under subsection (2)(c).

    (8) In this section "local authority" means a county council, county borough council, district council or London borough council.'.


Reform of community health councils

   

Dr Liam Fox
Mr Philip Hammond

NC1

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) The Secretary of State shall lay before Parliament within 12 months of the date of coming into force of this section regulations providing for reform of community health councils in England which will ensure that all parts of the health service are effectively covered by a community health council.

    (2) Regulations under subsection (1) above shall be subject to affirmative resolution of both Houses of Parliament.'.


Medical Practice Advisory Body

   

Dr Liam Fox
Mr Philip Hammond

NC2

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) There shall be a body to be known as the Medical Practice Advisory Body.

    (2) The Secretary of State may make regulations for the membership, constitution and operation of the Medical Practice Advisory Body.

    (3) The function of the Medical Practice Advisory Body shall be to advise the Secretary of State on the maintenance of an adequate distribution throughout England and Wales of medical practitioners providing general medical services under section 10 of the 1977 Act or providing personal medical services under section 28C of that Act.

    (4) Any advice given to the Secretary of State by the Medical Practice Advisory Body shall be published in such manner as that body determines at the time the advice is given.'.


Association of Patients' Forums

   

Mr Paul Burstow
Dr Peter Brand

NC3

To move the following new Clause:—

    '.—(1) The Secretary of State shall establish an independent national body, known as the Association of Patients' Forums, with a duty to provide a national overview of the patient experience to the Secretary of State and National Health Service bodies, on a regional and national level.

    (2) The Secretary of State shall make regulations for the purposes of subsection (1) above.

    (3) Before making regulations for the purposes of subsection (1) above, the Secretary of State shall consult such bodies as represent the interests of persons likely to be affected by the regulations.'.


Age discrimination

   

Mr Paul Burstow
Dr Peter Brand

NC4

To move the following Clause:—

    '. It shall be unlawful for any body to which this Act applies to refuse or delay any treatment or procedure, or to provide a less favourable standard of care, in respect of any person by reason of his age.'.


Patient Advocacy and Liaison Services

   

Mr Paul Burstow
Dr Peter Brand

NC5

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) The Secretary of State shall make regulations requiring all NHS trusts and Primary Care trusts to set up services to be known as Patient Advocacy and Liaison Services (PALS) and making provision for such services, including the establishment of links with Patients' Forums.

    (2) It is the duty of each PALS to provide advocacy services to patients both in relation to everyday use of services provided by, or under arrangements made by, the relevant trust and in relation to complaints, including formal complaints, about the provision of such services.

    (3) Before making regulations for the purposes of subsection (1) above, the Secretary of State shall consult such bodies as represent the interests of persons likely to be affected by the regulations.'.


Independent Local Advisory Forums

   

Mr Paul Burstow
Dr Peter Brand

NC6

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—(1) The Secretary of State shall make regulations requiring every Health Authority to set up a body known as an Independent Local Advisory Forum (ILAF), and making provision for such bodies, including the establishment of links with Patients' Forums.

    (2) It is the duty of ILAFs to provide independent advice to the Health Authority in determining the health priorities for the area and will be made up of residents of the local area including representatives from the local Patients' Forums.

    (3) Before making regulations for the purpose of subsection (1) above, the Secretary of State shall consult such bodies as represent the interests of persons likely to be affected by the regulations.'.


Community health councils

   

Mr Paul Burstow
Dr Peter Brand

NC7

To move the following Clause:—

    'Following the provisions in this Act, Community Health Councils shall be reformed following consultation.'.


Observer status at meeting of health authorities

   

Mr Paul Burstow
Dr Peter Brand

NC8

To move the following Clause:—

    '.—Health Authorities shall extend observer status, with voice but no vote, to representatives of Patients' Forums, the Independent Local Advisory Forum, and overview and scrutiny committees for its area.'.


ORDER OF THE HOUSE (10TH JANUARY 2001)

    That the following provisions shall apply to the Health and Social Care Bill:

Standing Committee

    1. The Bill shall be committed to a Standing Committee.

    2. Proceedings in the Standing Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Thursday 8th February 2001.


ORDER OF THE COMMITTEE [18TH JANUARY] (AS AMENDED BY THE ORDER OF THE COMMITTEE (25TH JANUARY))

    That—

    (1) during proceedings on the Health and Social Care Bill the Standing Committee do meet on Tuesdays at half-past Ten o'clock and between half-past Four o'clock and Ten o'clock and on Thursdays at half-past Nine o'clock and between half-past Two o'clock and Five o'clock (save on the afternoon of Thursday 25th January, when the Committee may sit until Seven o'clock);

    (2) 13 sittings in all shall be allotted to the consideration of the Bill by the Committee;

    (3) the proceedings to be taken on the sittings shall be as shown in the second column of the Table below and shall be taken in the order so shown;

    (4) the proceedings which under paragraph (3) are to be taken on any sitting shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the time specified in the third column of the Table;

    (5) paragraph (3) does not prevent proceedings being taken (in the order shown in the second column of the Table) on any earlier sitting than that provided for under paragraph (3) if all previous proceedings have already been concluded.

    TABLE



Sitting


Proceedings
Time for
conclusion of
proceedings
1stClause 1 and Clauses 17 and 185 p.m.
2ndClause 16 and Clauses 2 and 6
3rdClause 16 and Clauses 2 to 6 (so far as not previously concluded)10 p.m.
4thClauses 19 to 28
5thClauses 19 to 28 (so far as not previously concluded)7 p.m.
6thClauses 14 and 15, Clauses 7 and 8, Schedule 1, Clauses 9 to 13
7thClauses 14 and 15, Clauses 7 and 8, Schedule 1, Clauses 9 to 13 (so far as not previously concluded)10 p.m.
8thClauses 29 and 30, Schedule 2, Clauses 31 to 40, Schedule 3, Clause 41, Clause 60, Clauses 42 to 44
9thClauses 29 and 30, Schedule 2, Clauses 31 to 40, Schedule 3, Clause 41, Clause 60, Clauses 42 to 44 (so far as not previously concluded)5 p.m.
10thClauses 45 to 58
11thClauses 45 to 58 (so far as not previously concluded)10 p.m.
12thClause 59, Clauses 61 to 66, Schedules 4 and 5, new Clauses and new Schedules
13thClause 59, Clauses 61 to 66, Schedules 4 and 5, new Clauses and new Schedules (so far as not previously concluded)5 p.m.


 
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