Health Services

House of Lords written question – answered on 29th July 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Masham of Ilton Baroness Masham of Ilton Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impacts on costs and patient outcomes of the use of out-of-hospital urgent care providers.

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

NHS England is currently conducting a review into urgent and emergency care in England. The Review, led by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, aims to help build an improved, safer and more sustainable system for the future.

The end of first stage Report on the Review, published in November 2013, set out NHS England’s vision for the future delivery of urgent and emergency care, but recognised that this vision will take three to five years to implement the transformational change proposed.

Since November last year, the Review team at NHS England has been working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders from across the system to work out the practicalities for delivering the transformational change required. Work on the cost implications and benefits in terms of patient outcomes, for all aspects of the Review (not just in relation to out-of-hospital urgent care), is ongoing.

NHS England will update on progress with the Review later this year.

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