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Secretary of State must be given powers to intervene to stop Mid-Staffs NHS disaster from happening again, says Bill Cash

Press release 12/10/09

 
On his return to the floor of the House of Commons today, Bill Cash MP asked Government Ministers to ensure that sufficient ministerial powers were granted to prevent disasters such as that at the Mid-Staffordshire Foundation Trust from happening again.
 
Cash said:
 
“I have been deeply critical of Monitor and Bill Moyes throughout the debates, particularly with reference to their having authorised the Mid-Staffordshire Foundation Trust, when, from the minutes and the history, and as events turned out, this was all unjustified.
 
“I made clear in Parliament today and in my letter to the Secretary of State in September that while I am in favour of de-authorisation, I am not convinced that the trigger should be exclusively with Monitor.
 
“In any future legislation, the Secretary of State must obtain a default power overriding Monitor where necessary, not merely requiring Monitor to explain its reasons which would then lock everybody into judicial review.
 
“Parliament must take the responsibility and power to intervene – it cannot merely be left to Monitor.”
 
Cash also said “The gagging clauses in the NHS have got to be made unlawful. Legislation needs to be brought in to protect the clinical opinion of doctors from the ravages of managers.”

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