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Contracts (Termination Clauses)

Volume 448: debated on Thursday 29 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she plans to take to ensure that NHS organisations contracting with private sector contracts have effective termination clauses in their contracts. (75022)

All national health service organisations should have appropriate clauses for the termination of contracts that they give based on legal advice. Where termination of a contract is necessary this should be done on the basis of the terms within that contract and any further legal advice the commissioner may need. The Department will be issuing guidance to NHS commissioners for framework contracts later this year.