Health Services: Private Sector

Health written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Jon Trickett Jon Trickett Shadow Minister without Portfolio and Deputy Party Chair

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what health services have been privatised in Mid Yorkshire in the last 12 months; and what the cost was of tendering those services.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department collects information on expenditure with private sector providers, but not to which providers local contracts have been awarded.

In 2013-14, commissioners’ spending on health care from private sector providers equated to approximately 6% of total national health service expenditure.

Whether services are provided by the public, voluntary or private sector, they remain publicly funded and free at the point of delivery with access based on clinical need.

It is for local commissioners to decide how best to secure local services and take decisions on which is the most capable provider to deliver those services in the best interests of their patients. There is no requirement for commissioners to put all services to competitive tender.

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