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NHS: Management Consultants

Health written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Valerie Vaz Valerie Vaz Labour, Walsall South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of contracts between shadow clinical commissioning groups and private consultancy firms in the next financial year.

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

Emerging clinical commissioning groups do not yet have a legal status and cannot award contracts in their own right. Where they are involved in decisions, they will typically do so as a sub-committee of a primary care trust (PCT). PCTs will remain statutorily responsible and accountable for commissioning NHS services in 2012-13.

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