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Health: GP Commissioning Groups

House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Chesterton Lord Hunt of Chesterton Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what guidance they plan to issue to general practitioners on how to contract services from the private sector; and what tendering processes they will be required to comply with.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Health and Social Care Bill makes provision for regulations to be issued to ensure that general practitioner commissioning consortia, in commissioning health care services for the National Health Service, adhere to good practice in relation to procurement including in the use of tendering. It is expected that the NHS Commissioning Board, when established, will issue clear guidance on procurement to consortia which reflect the regulations. As is the case now, commissioners will need to comply with United Kingdom and European Union procurement law.

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