NHS: Competition

Department of Health written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any plans by NHS England to publish (1) with Monitor, or (2) without Monitor, a choice and competition framework as required by the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

To ask Her Majesty’s Government why NHS England has not published a choice and competition framework.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Shadow Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with (1) NHS England, and (2) other organisations, regarding the requirement under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to publish a choice and competition framework.

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

There is no requirement under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 for NHS England to publish a choice and competition framework. Monitor published statutory guidance, Substantive guidance on the Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition Regulations, in December 2013 to help commissioners understand how to apply the regulations when procuring clinical services. NHS England and Monitor have also run a series of joint workshops for commissioners and continue to provide advice and support to clinical commissioners in individual cases, where appropriate.

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