NHS: Private Sector

Department of Health written question – answered on 4th February 2015.

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Photo of Roger Godsiff Roger Godsiff Labour, Birmingham, Hall Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the extent to which commercial insurance companies are capable of covering the risks associated with private health providers carrying out surgery on NHS contracts.

Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

From 1 April 2013, private health provider organisations became eligible to join the NHS Litigation Authority’s (NHS LA) Clinical Negligence Scheme for Trusts (CNST). Currently, 68 private providers are members of the NHS LA’s CNST, as are all National Health Service trusts.

Any commercial insurance taken out by private providers for the NHS must meet the liability and indemnity requirements of the NHS standard contract. As such, no formal capability assessment has been undertaken by the Department.

In addition, regulation of the United Kingdom insurance industry is the responsibility of the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority.

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