Health Services: Contracts

Department of Health written question – answered on 11th January 2018.

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Photo of David Linden David Linden SNP Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his Department's policy that contracts associated with the formation of Accountable Care Organisations will not be outsourced to the private sector.

Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is responsible for determining the membership of an Accountable Care Organisation.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In the very small number of places where local commissioners are running procurements for the award of such contracts, local National Health Service foundation trusts, NHS trusts and general practitioners have been selected as partners for delivery of those contracts.

The selection of an appropriate provider to hold such a contract will continue to be a matter for local NHS commissioners, and those commissioners must make that selection by way of a process which is compliant with the requirements of the Public Contract Regulations 2015. These involve openness, transparency and equal treatment of potential providers.

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