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Incontinence: Medical Equipment

Volume 508: debated on Wednesday 24 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he expects his Department to publish guidance to primary care trusts on the use of local tenders and product formularies for products and services covered by Part IX of the Drug Tariff. (323855)

The Department is currently seeking legal advice on this issue. Subject to receiving these instructions, guidance will be prepared and published later this year.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whom his Department has consulted in its recent discussions on the use of tenders and formularies for products and services covered by Part IX of the Drug Tariff. (323923)

Officials in the Department met representatives of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) on 11 February 2010. The meeting took place following a series of concerns raised directly with the Department by the BHTA about the activities of primary care trusts and Collaborative Procurement Hubs seeking to tender in Part IX areas. In particular, the BHTA had raised concerns over the legality of such activity under the terms of Part IX of the drug tariff.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the Part IX Guidance and Assurance Framework for the Drug Tariff arrangements to enter into force on 1 April 2010. (323924)

The Part IX Guidance and Assurance Framework for the arrangements coming into force on 1 April 2010 are currently being finalised with the aim of publishing them in the next few weeks. Contractors have a transition period of nine months before they have to comply with the new regulations.