Decision details

Welsh Liberal Democrats Debate

Decision Maker: Plenary - Fourth Assembly

Status: Recommendations approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Purpose:

Debates are one of the most frequent items of business on the Plenary agenda. Many types of debate are brought forward in Plenary, including:

  • Opposition party debates on a topic of their choice;

Other than in the case of Government debates, the time allocated for all other types of debates and their frequency are determined by the Business Committee

Decision:

The item started at 16.46

 

Voting on the motion and amendments under this item was deferred until Voting Time.

 

A vote was taken on the motion without amendment:

 

NDM5779 Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that the current system for ensuring the quality and safety of healthcare services is not fit for purpose and that Healthcare Inspectorate Wales does not fulfil the need for independent inspection of the health system in Wales.

 

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to establish a more robust quality assurance system that includes:

 

a) scrapping Health Inspectorate Wales and establishing a new inspectorate that is fully independent of the Welsh Government;

 

b) appointing a chief inspector for hospitals and healthcare;

 

c) introducing clinically-led and peer-reviewed inspections with significant patient input;

 

d) supporting staff and patients to use mechanisms for whistleblowing by encouraging a stronger culture of openness and transparency; and

 

e) reforming the complaints procedure to ensure greater independence and restore the trust of patients and their families.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

6

0

42

48

The motion without amendment was not agreed.

 

The following amendments were tabled:

 

Amendment 1 – Elin Jones (Ceredigion)

 

Insert new sub-point at end of point 2:

 

f) considering a full merger of health and social care inspectorates.


A vote was taken on Amendment 1:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

48

0

0

48

Amendment 1 was agreed.

 

Amendment 2 – Paul Davies (Preseli Pembrokeshire)

 

Add as new point at end of motion:

 

Calls on the Welsh Government to increase transparency in the inspection and regulation of healthcare providers in Wales by commissioning a full and independent inquiry into the Welsh NHS.

 

A vote was taken on Amendment 2:

For

Abstain

Against

Total

10

9

29

48

Amendment 2 was not agreed.

 

A vote was taken on the motion as amended:

 

NDM5779 Aled Roberts (North Wales)

 

To propose that the National Assembly for Wales:

 

1. Believes that the current system for ensuring the quality and safety of healthcare services is not fit for purpose and that Healthcare Inspectorate Wales does not fulfil the need for independent inspection of the health system in Wales.

 

2. Calls on the Welsh Government to establish a more robust quality assurance system that includes:

 

a) scrapping Health Inspectorate Wales and establishing a new inspectorate that is fully independent of the Welsh Government;

 

b) appointing a chief inspector for hospitals and healthcare;

 

c) introducing clinically-led and peer-reviewed inspections with significant patient input;

 

d) supporting staff and patients to use mechanisms for whistleblowing by encouraging a stronger culture of openness and transparency; and

 

e) reforming the complaints procedure to ensure greater independence and restore the trust of patients and their families.

 

f) considering a full merger of health and social care inspectorates.

 

3. Calls on the Welsh Government to increase transparency in the inspection and regulation of healthcare providers in Wales by commissioning a full and independent inquiry into the Welsh NHS.

 

For

Abstain

Against

Total

24

0

25

49

As required by Standing Order 6.20 the Deputy Presiding Officer exercised his casting vote by voting against the amendment. Therefore, the amendment was not agreed.

 

Publication date: 10/06/2015

Date of decision: 10/06/2015

Decided at meeting: 10/06/2015 - Plenary - Fourth Assembly

 

 

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