Surgery: Waiting Lists

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered am ar 8 Ebrill 2024.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Llafur

To ask His Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made of the role of insourcing as a solution to eliminating waiting list backlogs for elective procedures.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Llafur

To ask His Majesty's Government what recent assessment they have made regarding the potential for insourcing to tackle NHS waiting lists.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Llafur

To ask His Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to ensure that NHS trusts are made aware of (1) insourcing arrangements as a route to reducing local waiting lists, and (2) the benefits of insourcing for (a) patients, and (b) NHS trusts.

Photo of Lord Markham Lord Markham The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Independent sector providers have a significant role to play in supporting the National Health Service as trusted partners, to recover elective services. The Elective Recovery Taskforce was launched in 2022 to consider how capacity across the system could be best utilised, including how insourcing could be used to meet the ambitions on long waits. The taskforce concluded its work by publishing an implementation plan in August 2023, which sets out a series of actions that have either been delivered, or will be delivered, over the coming months.

Local systems are best placed to consider how to utilise insourcing as part of their delivery plans, in a way which works for their areas. To support the system, NHS England produced Guidance for trusts on the use of insourcing and NHS Shared Business Services produced the Insourcing of Clinical Services Framework Agreement.

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