NHS: Billing

Health written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many complaints his Department received concerning delays in the payment of bills by the NHS from each strategic health authority area in each month of (a) 2010 and (b) 2011.

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

The Department has received seven letters in 2010 and six letters in 2011 in relation to concerns with delays in the payment of bills.

A search of the Department's correspondence database identified the following items of correspondence. This is a minimum figure which represents correspondence received by the Department's central correspondence team only. The following table shows this figure split by month received and strategic health authority cluster area.

Strategic health authority cluster area Number of cases
February Not specified in correspondence 1
March Midlands and East 1
June North of England 1
July North of England 1
September Not specified in correspondence 1
October London 1
November North of England 1
February London 1
June London 2
July London 1
August Not specified in correspondence 1
September Not specified in correspondence 1

As set out in the Better Payment Practice Code for national health service trusts, primary care trusts and strategic health authorities, the Government recognise the importance of paying suppliers promptly and in line with contractual requirements, and this will continue to be the case under our proposals for modernising the NHS.

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