Health written question – answered on 26th June 2012.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consideration he has given to the use of incentives to improve the standard of nutritional care in (a) hospitals, (b) care homes and (c) general practice; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

For hospitals on national health service national standard contracts, NHS commissioners can already choose the Commissioning for Quality and Innovation framework to reward providers for ambitious improvements in nutritional care. This is a locally agreed incentive scheme, which can also be offered to providers on joint NHS and local authority contracts, which may include patients receiving continuing NHS care in care homes.

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