§ Mr. Morgan
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales if he will list those areas of Wales which have developed joint commissioning operations for the planning and purchasing of primary and secondary health care in their area; and if he will list the principal organisational models used.
§ Mr. Redwood
Every health authority and family health services authority is required to develop effective joint working arrangements for the management of the health care services within their area. It is for the statutory authorities concerned to determine the exact management arrangements to promote joint working, within the current legislation governing the composition and functions of those authorities, and guidance issued centrally.
At present all authorities in Wales apart from Clwyd and Powys have formal joint commissioning arrangements. Details of the arrangements in each area are available from the authorities concerned.