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Healthcare Commission

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to paragraph 25 of the Department’s interim guidance of March 2006 (Gateway Ref 6212), on the role of the Healthcare Commission, under what statutory provision the Commission will be responsible for the regulation of controlled drugs. (79575)

Responsibility for the regulation of controlled drugs will be given to the Healthcare Commission by regulations stemming from the current Health Bill. Subject to Parliamentary procedure and approval, we expect the regulations to be laid in the autumn.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on how many occasions representatives of the Healthcare Commission have (a) examined and (b) taken copies of patients’ private and confidential notes held by (i) private clinics and (ii) general practitioners offering a private health service in each of the last five years. (79576)

I understand from the Chairman of the Healthcare Commission that the information is not available in the form requested. I also understand from the chairman that since March 2006 the Commission has been recording the details of occasions when confidential personal information has been obtained from independent healthcare providers without the data subject’s consent: however, the data are not broken down by type of establishment.