To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the likely proportion of primary health care commissioning being undertaken by (a) public sector employees directly employed by the state and (b) private sector employees under contract to primary health care commissioners for the year 2015-16; and what estimate he has made of future trends in this area.
No such estimate has been made.
Subject to the passage of legislation, the commissioning of primary care services will be the responsibility of the NHS Commissioning Board (NHSCB) from April 2013. The NHSCB Authority, established on
In documents published for its board meeting on
At the moment primary care trusts discharge FHS services through a number of different models which include in-house arrangements and outsourcing—both within and outside of the national health service.
The precise arrangements as to how these functions will be discharged in the future to secure high quality primary care services will, be for the NHSCB to determine. However they are discharged, the NHSCB will remain accountable for all commissioning decisions.