Consultation outcome

Securing Best Value for NHS Patients

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Securing the Best Value for Patients: Consultation Response

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Detail of outcome

The Department of Health received over 80 responses to the consultation from a wide range of interested parties. This response document includes the main findings and conclusions, and the approach the department has taken in developing the regulations.

Original consultation

Summary

Proposals for regulations to protect patients’ interests by ensuring that commissioners always deliver best value are being consulted on.

This consultation ran from
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Consultation description

The consultation sets out proposals for requirements to:

  • ensure good procurement practice by commissioners, including requirements to act transparently
  • avoid discrimination and purchase services from the providers best placed to meet patients’ needs
  • ensure that commissioners enable patients to exercise their rights to choose as set out in the NHS Constitution
  • prohibit commissioners from taking actions that restrict competition where this is against patients’ interests
  • ensure that commissioners manage conflicts of interest and that particular interests do not influence their decision-making

Documents

Securing Best Value for NHS Patients: Requirements for commissioners to adhere to good procurement practice and protect patient choice

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Securing Best Value for NHS Patients Annex: Analytical narrative and call to evidence for proposed changes to commissioning regulations

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Published 15 August 2012