Clause 19

Part of Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Bill [Lords] – in a Public Bill Committee am 2:15 pm ar 13 Gorffennaf 2006.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services) 2:15, 13 Gorffennaf 2006

I can assure the hon. Gentleman that that example would be covered in those circumstances. He makes a perfectly legitimate point. The situation that he describes would be incredibly sensitive.

Amendment No. 143 deals with independent health providers and those who are employed in those sectors. The amendment is genuinely unnecessary, as independent health providers are included in paragraphs (d), (e) and (f) of the list. Those providers are required to register with the Healthcare Commission pursuant to part 2 of the Care Standards Act 2000. That will include providers who contract with the NHS. Where the NHS contracts with providers outside the regulated sector—an example might be an acupuncturist—it will be possible to ensure that the appropriate checks are made through the contracts issued. The contract will provide an  opportunity for the commissioner to make it clear what checks are expected in the case of a provider outside the regulated sector.

Amendments Nos. 159 to 161 are minor and technical, making consequential amendments to adjust references in the Bill to national health service legislation to ensure that the references are consistent with those in the National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Bill. On that basis, I hope that hon. Members will not press their amendments and that they will support the Government amendments.