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NHS: Reorganisation

Volume 470: debated on Friday 25 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the work commissioned by his Department that (a) has been finished and (b) is ongoing on the implications of merging the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission. (182073)

The Department of Health is working closely with the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection and the Mental Health Act Commission to prepare for the establishment of the Care Quality Commission. As part of this, two pieces of work have been commissioned by the Department:

a scoping study to more clearly understand what information technology work is needed to support the establishment of the Care Quality Commission. This work is finished; and

a study to identify options for the location(s) of headquarter functions of the Care Quality Commission. This work is ongoing.