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Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st June 2019.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter Conservative, Central Suffolk and North Ipswich

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made about the effectiveness of delivery of Early Years and Health Visiting Services since the transfer of those services from NHS to local authority commissioning; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Following a review led by the Department, my Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has confirmed that local authorities will continue to commission sexual health, school nurses and health visitors. The review found that local authorities take an active and efficient approach to commissioning services and recognised the steps that local authorities have taken to improve and modernise the services they commission. The review recommended that the National Health Service work much more closely with local authorities on public health so that commissioning is more joined-up and prevention is embedded into a wider range of health services. The Department will be seeking views in the forthcoming Prevention Green Paper about how action can be taken forward.

My Rt. hon. Friend the Secretary of State announced the outcome at the Jephcott Lecture at the Royal Society of Medicine on Thursday 6 June 2019.

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