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Quality Health Ltd.

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health on what dates meetings took place between Ministers of his Department and representatives of Quality Health Ltd. in the last 12 months; which Ministers attended each meeting; whether minutes were kept of each meeting; and what other communications his Department has had with Quality Health Ltd. during that period. (268658)

No meetings between Ministers and Quality Health Ltd. have taken place in the last 12 months.

Quality Health Ltd. has a relationship with the Department acting in its capacity as a sub-contractor to Northgate Information Solutions Ltd., the company awarded in February 2009 a three-year contract to support the implementation of the Department’s Patient Reported Outcome Measures programme.

During mobilisation of the Patient Reported Outcome Measures programme, Departmental officials have had a significant volume of communications with Quality Health Ltd. either directly or indirectly, in writing, in person and by telephone over the period in question.

Prior to contract award, communications have taken place as part of the normal procurement process. These communications were no different to those had with all bidders. Communications have included a Quality Health Ltd. representative attending Market Information Day events to which potential bidders were invited, and Quality Health Ltd. representatives also attending formal interviews in their capacity as a member of the short-listed bidder’s bid team.

Direct communications have also taken place in relation to implementation of the Patient Reported Outcome Measures programme. Communications began once Northgate Information Solutions Ltd. were notified of their status as preferred bidder and had decided to work towards implementation ahead of contract signature at their own risk.

On 3 March 2009, subsequent to contract signature, a camera crew contracted to Quality Health Ltd. recorded an interview with my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Lord Darzi) to form part of a training video about Patient Reported Outcome Measures.