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Commission For Healthcare Audit And Inspection

Volume 404: debated on Monday 28 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection will be able to levy a fee from (a) NHS hospital trusts, (b) NHS foundation trusts and (c) independent hospitals in relation to its reviews and investigations functions; and if he will make a statement.[106644]

The Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill allows for the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (CHAI) to levy fees from National Health Service hospital trusts and foundation trusts where it carries out a review or investigation.Independent hospitals will continue to pay fees under the Care Standards Act, in respect of CHAI's regulatory activity.