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Health Services: Procurement

Volume 463: debated on Thursday 19 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) when his Department expects to complete the update of the review of commissioning arrangements for specialised services; (150729)

(2) when he plans to set up the commissioning groups recommended under the Carter review.

The different commissioning groups recommended by Sir David Carter in his review of commissioning arrangements for specialised services are the National Commissioning Group, the National Specialised Commissioning Group and 10 local specialised commissioning groups. These were all established on 1 April 2007.

An updated implementation plan will be posted very shortly on the Department’s website. This sets out the key milestones that have been achieved in implementing the review recommendations and the remaining challenges.