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NHS: Procurement

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 77383, tabled on 18 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Health and Care Bill includes adequate provisions to enable the (a) scrutiny and (b) investigation of private companies that bid for NHS tenders.

Answered on

24 November 2021

The Bill provides for procurement regulations to be made for health care services. The regulations and associated guidance will include measures on transparency and scrutiny of decisions. The current arrangements for inspecting providers, including independent sector providers, by the Care Quality Commission will remain. Relevant providers, including those in the independent sector, will also continue to be licensed by NHS England and NHS Improvement.