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Primary Care Trusts: Contracts

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what powers a primary care trust has to influence the result of the sale of the remaining part of a contract with a private provider of out-of-hours care to a different provider; and what account primary care trusts take of local support for private providers in exercising such powers. (321404)

A primary care trust (PCT) should be able to influence the sale of the remainder of a contract to the extent that was set out in the original contract between the PCT and the original out of hours provider.

In exerting any influence a PCT should ensure that it considers the implications for continuity and quality of care as well as value for money.