Section 9 Co-operative working
55.This section gives the Secretary of State a power to introduce regulations enabling the Commission (or the Assembly) and the Commission for Health Improvement (CHI) to delegate functions to one another. It recognises that, although their roles are distinct (CHI is a key part of the arrangements for modernising the NHS and will review the arrangements that NHS organisations have in place to update and improve the services they deliver; in contrast, the Commission will seek to ensure the individual independent healthcare providers have safeguards and quality assurance systems in place by regulating them against set national minimum standards), they also have common interests. For instance, CHI’s review of NHS Trusts will include those that have contracts with independent healthcare providers that the Commission will regulate. The two bodies will, therefore, need to liaise and work together effectively. The intention of this provision is to help enable them to do so. All regulations made under this section must be made by the Secretary of State, but he may not make regulations enabling CHI’s functions to be exercised by the Assembly without the agreement of the Assembly.