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Health And Social Care Bill

Volume 408: debated on Thursday 3 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will put in place safeguards to ensure that vital equipment is not removed without prior agreement under clause 63(1)(b) of the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Bill. [121178]

We expect that the Commission for Healthcare Audit and Inspection (CHAI) will normally obtain any information or other material, such as medical equipment, it may need by agreement. The power to remove equipment may be necessary where inspectors suspect, for example, that tampering of either data or equipment has taken place or that patient safety is being put at risk. It is right in such circumstances that CHAI is able to remove such equipment for examination without having to negotiate first for its release.