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Contractor Costs

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what recent guidance she has issued to NHS trusts on reducing contractor costs; [R] (76683)

(2) how many NHS trusts requested contractors to reduce the price of contracts which had already been let in 2005-06. [R]

The Department is determined to secure best value from NHS expenditure. A key area is the nearly £15 billion the national health service spends on goods and services. No recent formal guidance has been issued to the NHS on reducing costs with contractors.

The information requested on the number of NHS trusts requesting contractors to reduce the price of contracts already let in 2005-06 is not collected centrally.