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Care UK

Volume 447: debated on Thursday 22 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what consultation process her Department undertook prior to awarding Care UK a contract for the running of a general practitioner practice and walk-in centre in Barking and Dagenham. (75315)

Strategic health authorities were asked by the Department to communicate with primary care trusts (PCTs) and gauge any interest in being involved in the innovation in primary care contracting programme, which was announced on 29 March 2005. Barking and Dagenham PCT expressed an interest in discussing the programme further and was identified as being suitable for the programme.

Responsibility for carrying out stakeholder involvement in relation to the services the PCTs wanted to procure lay with the PCTs and confirmation that this had taken place has been secured from the PCTs.