Press briefing: morning 19 June 2013
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
The Prime Minister's Spokesperson (PMS) answered questions on food labelling, Care Quality Commission and banking.
Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned that major firms have refused to sign up to food labelling, the Prime Minister’s Spokesman (PMS) said the government continued to work closely with industry and that this was the right approach. Questioned on whether the Prime Minister is in favour of naming and shaming firms that haven’t signed up, the PMS welcomed the good progress that was being made with industry.
Care Quality Commission (CQC)
Asked what the Prime Minister’s reaction was to the CQC report, the PMS said that what had happened was deeply disturbing and appalling. He made clear that the CQC had gone through radical changes under this government, as part of a wider drive to improve the culture of care. The PMS reemphasised how disturbing the report was, and the importance of change within the NHS in putting care at the heart of services. Asked whether the Prime Minister had faith in the current system, the PMS said that the independent report published that day showed the importance of reform in driving forward changes. Asked if the Prime Minister was concerned whether staff who had been dismissed could take other jobs within the NHS, the PMS made clear that action had been taken by the CQC. Asked about individuals working outside the NHS carrying out inspections, the PMS said the main focus for the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State was working towards ensuring all parts of the health service and the CQC had clear measures and procedures in place that provided the highest standards of care. Asked whether those who had been dismissed should be named, the PMS said that David Prior had explained the situation clearly and reemphasised the importance of having a new leadership team in place focused on embedding a culture of care in the health service.
Asked if the Prime Minister supported the banking commission, the PMS said that details were being considered so that changes could be implemented.