To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he or officials of his Department have had with NHS England on the operation of its specialised commissioning prioritisation process in 2016.
7 November 2016
NHS England is responsible for making specialised commissioning decisions on the basis of clinical evidence and cost effectiveness. As such, the Department does not influence the process.
However, officials continue to work closely with NHS England on related matters, including having regular discussions regarding the specialised commissioning process.