NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:13 pm on 27th November 2013.

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Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 3:13 pm, 27th November 2013

My Lords, very definitely yes. It is precisely to avoid any perception of political interference that we made NHS England responsible for the allocation of resources to clinical commissioning groups. However, we were very specific in the mandate, as the noble Lord will recall, that the principle on which NHS England has to operate is equal access for equal need, with particular attention being paid to health inequalities while not destabilising the NHS. Those are the things we discuss in our regular meetings with NHS England but the actual nature of the formula that it will decide in its board meeting next month is entirely up to it.