John Healey said in a point of order in the House of Commons today:
“Last week MPs were asked to debate, amend and pass the Health and Social Care Bill with no new information of the costs and consequences of the biggest reorganisation in NHS history because the Government had promised a new impact assessment following the Future Forum recommendations.
“The day after the debate, the new impact assessment was then smuggled out with no press statement. It shows Monitor, the new economic regulator, plan to employ 600 staff at an average cost of £84,000. And most importantly, it shows a Health Minister signed off the assessment on 1 September – a full 5 days before the Bill was debated last week.
“It’s a disgrace these facts were kept hidden from MPs and the public before such a critical and controversial debate.”