Patients: Transport

Health written question – answered on 5th February 2008.

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Photo of Bob Spink Bob Spink Conservative, Castle Point

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will require the Healthcare Commission to include the monitoring of private patient transport services provided for NHS patients in the annual health check.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Healthcare Commission's annual health check is an independent assessment of performance of national health service organisations for their quality of services and use of resources. The quality element assesses an organisation on progress against the core standards, existing national targets and new national targets set out by the Department. The Healthcare Commission are currently consulting to determine their proposals for the 2008-09 assessment process.

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