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Health Services: Pilot Projects

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 25 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when his Department expects completion of the long term condition whole system demonstrator project action plans for (a) Newham, (b) Kent and (c) Cornwall; what the estimated cost to the public purse of each project is; and what steps he is taking to engage with stakeholders to inform the development of the implementation plans. (158468)

The three Long Term Condition Whole System Demonstrator sites are currently in a detailed planning phase. We anticipate that the plans will be substantially complete by the end of November.

Funding of £12 million has been made available in 2007-08 to support these demonstrator pilots. Funding for future years is being agreed following the recent announcement of the Comprehensive Spending Review settlement for health.

Stakeholder engagement is key to the development and design of the implementation plans for each of the Whole System Demonstrator sites. Each of the sites have implemented robust governance arrangements which include representatives from the respective local authorities and primary care trust’s and other key stakeholder groups. The sites have been proactive in identifying opportunities to engage locally in a wide variety of forums both directly and indirectly related to the programme.