NHS Commissioning Board (Mandate)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 12:44 pm on 13th November 2012.

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Photo of Jeremy Hunt Jeremy Hunt The Secretary of State for Health 12:44 pm, 13th November 2012

There is something critically important in the mandate that will do that, which is that by making the NHS operationally independent we are giving commissioning responsibilities to local GP-led groups for the first time, and GPs understand the importance not just of primary care but of prevention. So I think we will see much more innovation, along with the co-operation that the NHS has with local authorities and the new health and wellbeing boards, to make sure that there is a much bigger focus on prevention than there has been in the past.