NHS: Social Enterprises

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 measures are in place to encourage commissioners to award National Health Service contracts to social enterprise providers.

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

The Government firmly believes that patients must receive healthcare services from the providers that are most capable of meeting their needs and improving the quality of services that they provide, regardless of what sector that organisation comes from, including public, private, social enterprises and voluntary services.

It is right that these decisions should be taken independently by local commissioners in the best interests the populations for which they are responsible.

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