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External Consultants

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what mechanisms her Department has put in place to ensure that external consultants follow high standards of transparency and consultation when undertaking work for the NHS. (92829)

[holding answer 16 October 2006]: The Department's procurement procedures ensure that all external consultants sign a legal contract of engagement, which includes standard terms and conditions to ensure the quality of the work performed and the standards within which consultants should operate.

The Department also has a code of business conduct for all staff, the core principles of which apply also to external consultants employed by the Department.

Local national health service organisations are responsible for the conduct of external consultants they employ.