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Health Services: Private Sector

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to promote the involvement and consultation of patients and the public who receive NHS services through the third sector and the independent sector. (185567)

Under section 242 of the National Health Service Act 2006, all NHS organisations are required to involve service users in the planning, development and operation of health services. This duty does not apply directly to third-sector and independent-sector organisations.

NHS organisations which commission services from the third and independent sector must specify in their contractual arrangements that service users shall be systematically involved in the planning, development and operation of services, and that such involvement shall be evidenced and reported as part of contract performance.

The involvement of users in services provided by third-sector and independent-sector organisations shall be developed and promoted in the forthcoming statutory guidance for section 242 to be published in the summer of 2008.