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Health Education: Public Participation

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to begin work with (a) professional and (b) patient groups to provide better incentives in the Quality and Outcomes Framework for maintaining good health, as referred to on page 37 of his Department’s document, High Quality Care for All, Cm. 7432; with which (i) professional and (ii) patient groups he plans to work; when he expects the agreed changes to the Quality and Outcomes Framework will come into effect; and if he will make a statement. (219362)

Our vision for primary and community care—“High Quality Care for All” published on 3 July as part of Lord Darzi’s national health service review proposes a new strategy for developing the Quality and Outcomes Framework, including an independent and transparent process for developing and reviewing indicators.

The report states our intention to:

discuss with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence and with stakeholders including patient groups and professional bodies how this new process should work;

discuss how to reduce the number of organisational or process indicators, and refocus resources on new indicators for prevention and clinical effectiveness; and

explore the scope to give greater flexibility to primary care trusts to work with primary healthcare teams to select quality indicators (from a national menu) that reflect local health improvement priorities.

We will discuss with a wide range of professional and patient groups and other stakeholders how the new process should work. Further details will be announced later.