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Care Quality Commission debate

On 21 November 2012, peers debated the Care Quality Commission (Healthwatch England Committee) Regulations 2012.

The regulations make provision for the appointment of the Healthwatch England committee of the Care Quality Commission.

The commission is a new national body designed to represent the views of patients and the public about health and social care services.

Labour tabled a motion of regret against the regulations stating that they "fail to provide sufficient safeguards to ensure the independence of Healthwatch England".

It also said the regulations did not provide "effective national patient representation in the health service".

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