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Monitor to be 'directed' by health secretary

20th January 2011

Legislation contained in the new health bill will allow the health secretary to “direct” the independent regulator Monitor.

Clause 59 of the bill “confers powers on the secretary of state to direct Monitor in cases of serious failure by Monitor to carry out its functions,” the accompanying memorandum states. That is a similar power to that which the health secretary already has over the Care Quality Commission. If Monitor fails to follow a direction, it is inferred that the health secretary could step in.

 

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