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National Quality Board

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects the first meeting of the new National Quality Board to take place; and whether the terms of reference and membership for the group have been (a) agreed and (b) published. (253708)

The first meeting of the National Quality Board (NQB) is planned for the 30 of March 2009.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Lord Darzi) announced in early December the appointment of the chief executive of the NHS (Mr. David Nicholson) as chair of the NQB and the following ex-officio members representing the Department and the health care system:

NHS Medical Director, Department of Health (Sir Bruce Keogh);

Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health (Dame Christine Beasley);

Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health (Sir Liam Donaldson);

Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Department of Health (Mr. David Behan);

Chair of the Care Quality Commission (Baroness Barbara Young);

Chair of Monitor. (Dr. William Moyes);

Chair of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Sir Michael Rawlins).

The Appointments Commission is in the process of recruiting a further four expert representatives and four lay representatives to the board.

We are continuing to work with stakeholders to develop the NQB terms of reference.