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Primary Care Trusts: Procurement

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what account his Department’s guidance on primary care trust procurement takes of the policy on preferred providers of health services. (316312)

The “PCT Procurement Guide for Health Services” first published in May 2008 applies to all national health service-funded healthcare procurement. Primary care trusts as commissioners are expected to comply with this guidance as part of their obligations in the Operating Framework published in December 2007. The PCT Procurement Guide is currently being revised to take account of developments since 2008.

The Secretary of State’s Vision document “NHS 2010-2015: From Good to Great” and the “NHS Operating Framework 2010/11” outline how we expect the NHS as preferred provider to work in practice. Copies of both documents have already been placed in the Library.