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Public Health Bodies

Volume 403: debated on Monday 14 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether (a) the Commission for Health Improvement and (b) the National Care Standards Commission will remain in place until the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection and the Commission for Social Care Inspection are fully established and functioning. [106645]

Subject to Parliamentary approval, the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection and the Commission for Social Care Inspection will be established and functioning from April 2004.Until that time, the Commission for Health Improvement and the National Care Standards Commission will remain in place. Their work programmes to April 2004 have been developed to facilitate the transfer of functions to the new inspectorates.