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To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(1) for what reason the cost of providing existing primary care support services was not included in the calculations for the assessment of the Shared Business Services;
(2) if he will ensure that no decision is taken on the bid from NHS Shared Business Services to operate primary care support services in the south west until the standardising primary care support services report has been published.
The decision to award services to NHS Shared Business Services is made locally, and the Department is not involved in the assessment process.
The Department does not intervene in matters, which are for local determination because local organisations are best able to make decisions about their local services.