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Maternity Services

Health written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Henry Smith Henry Smith Conservative, Crawley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanism he will use to achieve the outcomes identified in his Department's NHS outcomes framework 2011-12 in respect of maternity care.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The recently published "NHS Outcomes Framework 2011/12" sets out the national outcome measures that will be used to hold the NHS Commissioning Board to account. The Secretary of State for Health will not be setting out how these outcomes should be delivered.

It will be for the NHS Commissioning Board to determine how best to deliver improvements by working with general practitioner (GP) commissioning consortia and making use of the various tools and levers it will have at its disposal. These include the library of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Quality Standards; the Commissioning Outcomes Framework, which the NHS Commissioning Board will use to hold GP commissioning consortia to account; and other payment mechanisms between the NHS Commissioning Board, commissioners and providers. These are described more fully in both "The NHS Outcomes Framework 2011/12" and "Liberating the NHS: legislative framework and next steps", which can be accessed via the following links:

www.dh.gov.uk/prod_consum_dh/groups/dh_digitalassets/@dh/@en/@ps/documents/digitalasset/dh_123138.pdf

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_122661

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