NHS reform

During a debate on reform of the NHS, Charles Walker asks the Health Secretary how, under the proposals, communities would be able to rid themselves of underperforming GP practices.

Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne) (Con): I have a great deal of time for most GPs—in particular for the one sitting in front of me, my hon. Friend the Member for Totnes (Dr Wollaston)—but what part of the Bill would allow communities to rid themselves of underperforming GP practices?

Mr Lansley: That would need to be initiated by the NHS commissioning board. Under the legislation, the board would respond to the health and wellbeing board in the local authority in question, or to the local clinical commissioning group. In my hon. Friend’s area of Hertfordshire, the health and wellbeing board will provide a new and powerful means by which the voice of the public can be expressed to challenge all the poor performance that occurs in the service.

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