§ Mr. Robin Cook
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the cost of each of the consultancy contracts entered into by his Department in connection with the National Health Service reforms.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The information requested is as follows:
Purpose of contract Anticipated total cost £ Launch to the Staff of the National Health Service of the White Paper 1,168,000 Launch to the Staff of the National Health Service of the Self Governing Hospitals Initiative 838,000 Development of the National Health Service Communications Programme to improve communications between National Health Service Management and Staff 994,000 Report on contracting arrangements for patient services 6,325
Purpose of contract Anticipated total cost £ Working on costing for patient services contracts 70,000 Work on costing for patient services contracts within Wirral Health Authority Analysis of the informal cost sharing arrangements between Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals in Southampton Health Authority 64,350 Production of a booklet on the outpatient environment 17,000 Development of training material for Capital Charges 128,000 Production of General Practitioner's Funding Programme 109,126 Leaflet for General Practitioner's on prescribing budgets Artwork/layout of a second Working Paper on prescribing budgets Work on Indicative Prescribing Budgets Investigation of District Information Systems 60,800 Co-ordination of my Department's Information projects 71,600 New arrangements for approval and monitoring of strategic Information Technology projects 12,000 Investigation of the Information Technology requirements for providers of patient services 14,300 Investigation of the Information Technology implications of proposed changes to Minimum Data sets 14,300 Investigation of the requirements for patient identification on existing computer systems 14,300 Investigation of the impact of the White Paper recommendations on existing computer based outpatient systems 14,300 Development of an Information Technology strategy for the National Health Service 525,000 Development of National Health Service Trusts. Financial Management simulation exercise 72,600 National Health Service Trusts leadership and management skills study 19,000 Recommendations on support for potential National Health Service Trusts 15,000 Development of Learning Sets for potential community care National Health Service Trusts 75,000 Preparation of proposals for guidance and training for top Management in the National Health Service, to support introduction of local pay flexibility 57,000 To investigation of the costing methods in the National Health Service and determination of the most appropriate for application in support of contract price setting 40,000
§ Mr. Robin Cook
To ask the Secretary of State for Health which of his Department's contracts with outside consultants on the National Health Service hospital service reforms deals with the quality of services provided under National Health Service contracts.
§ Mrs. Virginia Bottomley
No contracts with outside consultants have concerned quality of services to be provided under National Health Service hospital service contracts but health authorities have developed quality specification for the specimen contracts published in "Contracts for Health Services: Operating Contracts".