John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley, Liberal Democrat)
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the reasons were for the withdrawal of the national tariff for payment by results; when her Department will indicate what payment by results tariff will apply for financial year 2006–07; and if she will make a statement.
Liam Byrne (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health; Birmingham, Hodge Hill, Labour)
Regrettably it was necessary to withdraw the tariff for 2006–07 in order to correct underlying errors in the calculation. We are now testing the revised tariff with the help of national health service colleagues, and will publish a corrected version as soon as possible.