NHS: Monitor

House of Lords written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords, Shadow Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of whether Monitor's role in economic regulation will be a barrier to integrated health care.

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that Monitor's role in price setting will support the integration of NHS care.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Health and Social Care Act states that Monitor must exercise its functions with a view to enabling the provision of integrated services, including integration of health and social care services, where this increases the quality of health services or reduces health inequalities. Monitor's duty to enable integration will also apply to its responsibilities for the national tariff, including developing proposals for calculating the prices to be paid for the services specified in the tariff.

Monitor will be required to report annually on how it has exercised its functions, including its duty to enable integration. It will lay these reports before Parliament.

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