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Health Services: Standards

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what definition his Department uses of a quality standard, as referred to in the NHS Next Stage Review. (253709)

As set out in High Quality Care for All, the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's (NICE'S) role will be expanded to set quality standards. The Department is currently working with stakeholders, including NICE, to develop a commonly agreed definition of a quality standard. This definition will be considered by the National Quality Board at its first meeting in March 2009.