NHS: Primary Care Surgeries

Baroness Pitkeathley Excerpts
Wednesday 24th November 2021

(1 month, 3 weeks ago)

Lords Chamber
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Lord Kamall Portrait Lord Kamall (Con)
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I thank the noble Baroness for her speech. In answering, as this is for judicial review, I am sure she understands that I cannot comment on it. But I saw an interesting documentary over the weekend, so let me just read some words from it:

“Yes the NHS is a public service but how it spends its vast procurement budget, how it uses IT, how it fashions new processes and pathways for patients, plainly benefit from private sector experience.”

I admit I have plagiarised these words from Tony Blair, the last Labour Prime Minister to win an election.

Baroness Pitkeathley Portrait Baroness Pitkeathley (Lab)
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Is the Minister familiar with the research that shows that the longer the relationship between a patient and a GP, the less likely the patient is to need out-of-hours care or emergency hospital treatment, or to die, within 12 months? Are patients not right to be afraid that profit-making will interfere with those important relationships?

Lord Kamall Portrait Lord Kamall (Con)
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The standards of care that CCGs expect are clear in the contracts that they sign with GPs. However it is provided, patients should continue to expect the same standards of care.