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NHS: Standards

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to establish the National Quality Board, as referred to on page 54 of High Quality Care for All, Cm 7432; how many members the board will have; whether members of the board will be remunerated; and if he will make a statement. (221116)

The National Quality Board will provide strategic oversight and leadership on quality, and will advise on priorities for clinical standards. The board will play a key role in ensuring that our efforts to improve quality are successful. We will be considering the membership and governance of the board over the summer.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to introduce a new measure of patient satisfaction with urgent care services, referred to on page 27 of NHS Next Stage Review: Our vision for primary and community care; whether this measure will be developed in consultation with (a) service users and (b) others; and if he will make a statement. (221134)

The Department will introduce an indicator to measure patient reported access to out of hours care by 2009-10. Information will be collected through the new National General Practice Patient Survey.

The indicator will be developed in consultation with key stakeholders.