Debate on Accountability and Transparency in the NHS

14 March 2013

On Thursday 14 March MPs debated a motion relating to Accountability and Transparency in the NHS, scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee.  Charlotte Leslie, Dr Philip Lee, Stephen Barclay, John Pugh, made a representation to the Backbench Business Committee to request this debate

Text of motion on Accountability and Transparency in the NHS

Charlotte Leslie moved the following motion, which was passed unopposed:

"That this House believes that in the wake of the Francis Report it is clear that accountability and transparency are of paramount importance to patient safety and trust in the NHS; and further believes that across the NHS individuals found to have breached those principles should face the appropriate consequences."

Watch the debate and read a transcript

Watch the debate on Parliament TV and read the views expressed by MPs in Commons Hansard.

How the subject was selected

The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations by Charlotte Leslie, Dr Philip Lee, Stephen Barclay, John Pugh on 5 March 2013.

Backbench Business Committee

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays at 3pm to consider requests for debates from any backbench Members of Parliament on any subject, including those raised in e-petitions or national campaigns.

An MP must make a representation before the Committee for an e-petition or petition to be debated; e-petitions exceeding the Government's 100,000 signature threshold are not automatically allocated backbench time.

The Committee then has to decide how to allocate the limited Parliamentary time it has at its disposal. The Committee's meetings are always conducted in public and can be watched on Parliament TV.

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