We’ve just finished Baroness Eccles’ debate on Quality of Care in the NHS’. 17 peers spoke for 5 minutes each on this wide-ranging topic. I seriously wonder whether this is the best use of parliamentary time. No doubt official(s?) in the Department of Health are obliged to read it and ensure the Minister has responded to everyone’s questions but I can’t help feeling this is far less useful than say the Committee work around Bills. Nevertheless there were some compelling contributions, notably from Lord Mancroft about his appalling experiences recently in a west country hospital. He did not name the hospital but afterwards I asked him which it was and he was happy to reveal it. I hurried to find out if it was a Foundation Trust or not and have to confess to be very relieved it isn’t. He also mentioned his splendid care in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, (which I am delighted to say is an NHS Foundation Trust). The best NHS care is world class, the worst is shameful. Still far too much to do to get uniform good quality.