Commenting on the publication of revised regulations under section 75 of the Health and Social Care Act, Co-Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party Committee on Health, Baroness (Judith) Jolly said:
“With these revised regulations, Liberal Democrats have ensured that competition in the NHS is put back in its box.
“Liberal Democrat peers in the House of Lords worked hard during the debates on the Health and Social Care Act to ensure that patients come first at all times and are never placed second for the sake of unnecessary competition.
“The revised regulations are now turning these assurances into reality. It is now clear that Clinical Commissioning Groups have to decide what is best to serve patients’ interests and none should be forced to introduce competition.”