Health Services

Health written question – answered on 5th February 2013.

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Photo of Christopher Huhne Christopher Huhne Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a comparative assessment of the adequacy of out-of-hours NHS services run by private companies and run directly by NHS organisations.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

It is not possible for the Department to make a comparative assessment of the adequacy of out-of-hours NHS services run by private companies and those run by NHS organisations.

All out of hours services must be delivered in line with national quality requirements. Primary care trusts have a legal obligation to ensure they provide, or secure provision of, a high quality, sustainable service for their local population and are responsible for performance managing their providers in the delivery of high quality out-of-hours services.

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