Health: Next-stage Review

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Spokesperson in the Lords, Health

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What their most recent estimate is of (a) the cost to date, and (b) the total expected cost to the public purse, of Lord Darzi of Denham's National Health Service next-stage review; and

Whether they will publish the cost to date (a) in total, and (b) broken down by major cost area, of the public, patient, staff and stakeholder consultation process organised as part of Lord Darzi of Denham's National Health Service next-stage review; and

How much money has been allocated for the implementation of the findings of Lord Darzi of Denham's National Health Service next-stage review; and whether implementation will be centrally or locally funded; and

Which external consultants have been used to date in connection with Lord Darzi of Denham's National Health Service next-stage review; and what the nature and cost of the work was in each case.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The estimated costs of consultation undertaken by strategic health authorities (SHAs) as part of the nationwide National Health Service next-stage review, Our NHS, Our Future, is not held centrally. The committed spend on Our NHS, Our Future activity and materials organised and produced nationally by the department in 2007-08 is £3 million. The review process is ongoing and we do not have a final figure at this stage.

Implementation of the final report's recommendations will depend on what those recommendations are. The final report, to be published in June, will include details of how the recommendations will be implemented. Implementation of new models of care is of course a matter for local organisations.

The department has purchased the services of a range of consultancies during 2007-08 and some of this activity will have contributed to work in connection with the next-stage review. The project team itself has procured consultancy services from 15 companies.

These organisations have assisted the project team in a range of areas including the following:

supporting the development of the SHA strategic visions and the contributing reports of the 74 local clinical pathway groups;design and facilitation of review events; andcommunications including production of materials, including the interim report, and website management.

The total amount paid to these companies is approximately £2.6 million.

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