To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 24 January to Question 209388 on NHS: Standards, if his Department will consult patients and the public before changes to the core access standards are (a) tested and (b) introduced in the NHS.
6 February 2019
The clinically-led review of standards was announced by the Prime Minister in June 2018. The review is considering the appropriateness of operational standards for physical and mental health relating to planned, unplanned urgent or emergency care.
The Long Term Plan provides a platform upon which innovative models of patient care can and are being developed. In that context, the National Health Service’s National Medical Director has been working with the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Healthwatch England and many others to consider what matters most to patients, on the clinical issues with the current target regime, and what NHS staff believe will help them provide the best quality care for patients.
The review will report its interim findings in the spring of 2019, after which any recommended changes will be carefully field tested across the NHS, including with patients and the public, before they are implemented. An impact assessment will be published following testing. Any changes to the NHS Constitution will be consulted on as is legally required.