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NHS: Standards

Health written question – answered on 16th June 2011.

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Photo of Owen Smith Owen Smith Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) when he plans to (a) consult on the 2012-13 NHS Outcomes Framework and (b) publish the 2012-13 NHS Outcomes Framework;

(2) when he plans to publish the levels of ambition for the 2012-13 NHS Outcomes Framework.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The “NHS Outcomes Framework 2011/12” was published in December 2010 and signals the direction of travel for the national health service in focusing on outcomes. The first NHS Outcomes Framework made clear our commitment to update the NHS Outcomes Framework annually, to ensure it can accommodate new and better indicators as they become available. In order to measure progress against the outcomes the NHS will be aiming to deliver, it will be important to maintain continuity of the indicators included in the framework. For this reason, we envisage that only a small number of indicators will change or be refined in any one year. We currently have no plans to consult on the 2012-13 NHS Outcomes Framework.

Chapter 4 of the “NHS Outcomes Framework 2011/12” provides a summary of the milestones in relation to development of the framework, which are subject to the parliamentary process. The key milestones are currently being reviewed in light of the recent pause in the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill.

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