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NHS: Construction

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the compliance of NHS trusts undertaking construction projects with Government guidance requiring payment of invoices submitted by tier one contractors within 10 days. (258747)

National health service prompt payments to suppliers’ performance information, is collected on a quarterly and on an annual basis against a 30 day target. Information on performance by industry sector or supplier is not collected.

David Nicholson, NHS chief executive, wrote to all NHS trust chief executives on 21 October asking them to examine and review existing payment practices and payment performance and to move as closely as possible to the 10-day payment commitment that has been set for Government Departments wherever practical. Bill Moyes, executive chair, Monitor, has written similarly to all foundation trusts.

However we do not currently collect performance data of total NHS bills paid within 10 days because no specific requirement has yet been placed on NHS bodies to meet this target.