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NHS: Standards

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department took to inform those not party to the negotiations that discussions on the Quality and Outcomes Framework had been postponed. (315251)

The Department issued a press notice on 15 September 2009 announcing that as part of the agreement with the British Medical Association on a vaccination programme for the at-risk groups against swine flu, that there will be no changes to the Quality and Outcomes Framework in 2010-11. A copy has been placed in the Library.

In addition, NHS Employers who negotiate changes to the General Medical Services contract on behalf of the Department published details on the conclusion of the negotiations on its website on 14 January 2010, with a parallel announcement to local primary care trusts issued by NHS Primary Care Commissioning in their newsletter on 13 January 2010.

Details can be found on NHS Employers website at:

http://www.nhsemployers.org/PayAndContracts/General MedicalServicesContract/LatestNews-GMS/Pages/Agreement reachedonGeneralMedicalServices%E2%80%99 contract negotiations.aspx