In the chamber today, Huw asked a question in the debate on the Mental Health Act: Care Quality Commission. You can watch Huw put his question to the Parliamentary Under-Secondary of State for Health here: https://goo.gl/SJBtPN and you can read the correspondence below.
It is absolutely essential that every one of us should challenge the system to give more, but could we also talk up progress where it has been made? The Sussex Partnership has had a difficult past, but it has gone from being rated as requiring improvement to being rated as good, and one of its categories has been rated as outstanding. Can we praise the staff who are doing things well?
We absolutely should do that. I often think that when we are challenging each other in this place about things that are poor, we end up talking our services down, but it remains the case that the NHS is the best health service in the world, and we should always celebrate that fact. Also, the fact that we are putting mental health services under such scrutiny is in itself driving an improvement in performance, because, as we all know, sunlight is the best disinfectant.