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Debate on The Future of NHS Funding

Debate in The House of Lords, Thursday 11 July, 2013

Lord Owen: My Lords, following on from what the noble Lord, Lord Desai, said, one of the strengths of what was initially introduced as an internal market was that it would be able to show people the costs of healthcare in a far more systematic way than hitherto. In my view, it is a tragedy that the internal market has …

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Lord Owen Condemns¬† “Conspiracy of Silence” on EU US Trade Deal

Press Release Thursday 16 May 2013

Introducing his NHS Bill (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill Lord Owen calls today for transparency from Prime Minister David Cameron over the secret mandate for the EU-US Trade Negotiations which he hopes to boost at the G8 Summit in five weeks time in Northern Ireland…

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Lord Owen makes impassioned speech in House of Lords debate to annul National Health Service Regulations 2013

Speech by Lord Owen in The House of Lords

Lord Owen: My Lords, the noble Lord and I served together in the Department of Health many years ago, and he will remember that his then boss, Barbara Castle, warned in the 1975 referendum about the impact of the European Economic Community, as it was then called. I thought she was greatly exaggerating the challenge, but it was interesting in that …

House of Lords Second Legislation Scrutiny Committee Report Out Today

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Note: Please refer to Instrument C: National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) Regulations 2013 pp 6 of 33 to 12 of 33 and the conclusion on p 12 of 33.


Lord Owen comments below on the Scrutiny Committee Report (NHS Regulations: Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition, 2013) published today, 21 March …

Letter from Lord Owen to Clerk of The Lords Secondary Legislation Committee re Section 75 Regulations

Letter from Lord Owen to The Clerk of the Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, 4 March 2013

Dear Clerk

Further to my email of 22 February I have now seen a recent letter that Earl Howe has sent to his colleagues in the House of Lords. The letter states that the Section 75 Regulations “enshrine the principle that it is Commissioners who are best placed to determine requirements for improving

Lord Owen calls for withdrawal of Statutory Instruments relating to Health and Social Care Act

Letter from Lord Owen to The Clerk of the Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, 22 February 2013

“Dear Clerk

I gather that the Statutory Instrument related to the Health & Social Care Act will be going to the Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee on 5th March and you need to be told about the significance of this legislation.¬† In my view the most important aspect of the Regulations relates to …

Professional Flaws by Lord David Owen

Article by Lord Owen, February 2013

The flaws in the structure in the NHS in England go deeper than just the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which I hope might be corrected after the next General Election through the National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) Bill which I presented in the House of Lords on 28 January 2013. Many conclusions meanwhile will be drawn from the Francis Report, …