Care Bill — Clause 119 — Proceedure for Dealing Financially Failing NHS Trusts — Requirement to Consult with Public — 11 Mar 2014 at 18:11
Oliver Letwin MP, West Dorset voted against requiring administrators of financially failing NHS trusts to seek the support of those commissioning services from the trust, and affected trusts, for their proposed plan of action.
The majority of MPs voted in favour of requiring the administrator of a financially failing NHS trust to consult those commissioning services from it, and other affected trusts, and to seek their agreement with plans to address the problems. The majority of MPs also voted to extend the amount of time available for the administrators to do their work; to require the production of guidance on the way administrators work with commissioners and to clarify the Secretary of state may take decisions which affect other trusts when seeking to resolve the problems of a failing trust, and to clarify commissioners don't have to consult with the public during the administration process.
MPs were considering the Care Bill. The amendment rejected in this vote was:
- Amendment 30, page 102, line 31, leave out clause 119
Clause 119 makes five changes to the law relating to the way NHS trusts deemed unable, or likely to become unable, to pay its debts and to which administrators are appointed. The clause:
- Clarifies that the Secretary of State, when responding to reports from administrators and regulators can take decisions which affect other trusts as long as they are "necessary for and consequential on" resolving the problems of the failing trust.
- Gives more time to administrators dealing with failed trusts to carry out their work and produce their reports and recommendations.
- To require those commissioning services from the failing trust, and other trusts affected, to be consulted on recommendations of administrators, and their agreement to them sought.
- To require the Secretary of State to provide guidance on how administrators ought work with commissioners.
- To clarify that requirements on commissioners to consult with the public don't apply during the operation of the administration proceedures. This applies to the NHS Commissioning Board, clinical commission groups, as well as NHS trusts and foundation trusts.
The effect of the clause is summarised in the explanatory notes to the Bill.
-  Parliament's webpage on the Care Bill
-  Clause 119 of the Care Bill as it stood at the time of the vote
-  Explanatory notes to the Care Bill (the clause in question is numbered 118 in the notes
Votes by party, red entries are votes against the majority for that party.
What is Tell? '+1 tell' means that in addition one member of that party was a teller for that division lobby.
What are Boths? An MP can vote both aye and no in the same division. The boths page explains this.
What is Turnout? This is measured against the total membership of the party at the time of the vote.
|Party||Majority (No)||Minority (Aye)||Both||Turnout|
|Con||251 (+2 tell)||6||0||84.9%|
|Lab||0||222 (+2 tell)||0||86.8%|
|Angie Bray||Ealing Central and Acton||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Nick de Bois||Enfield North||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Richard Drax||South Dorset||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Philip Hollobone||Kettering||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Jeremy Lefroy||Stafford||Con (front bench)||aye|
|Bob Stewart||Beckenham||Con (front bench)||aye|