Patient Choice Schemes

Health written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Andrew George Andrew George Liberal Democrat, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) how the (a) budgets and (b) tariffs of the choose and book initiative were set; and what mechanisms are in place (i) to monitor, (ii) audit and (iii) and assess by (A) primary care trusts and (B) the Department;

(2) what (a) budgets have been set and (b) costs have been incurred for the choice and choose and book systems by each (i) primary care trust, (ii) acute trust and (iii) strategic health authority since its implementation.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Minister of State (Department of Health) (Delivery and Quality)

The setting of local budgets and the monitoring of local costs for the implementation of choice and choose and book is a matter for local determination.

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