Government to respond to White Paper consultation

The DoH will issue its response to the NHS White Paper later today, alongside details of the NHS Operating Framework and PCT funding allocations for 2011/12.

The DoH is to issue its response to Mr Lansley's suggested reforms to the health service

Four consultations on the details of health secretary Andrew Lansley's proposed reforms to the health service ran following the launch of the health White Paper in July and closed in October.

These included consultations on developing the NHS Outcomes Framework, increasing democratic legitimacy in health, how GP consortia and the NHS Commissioning Board should commission services and how healthcare providers should be regulated.

The Operating Framework for 2011/12 is expected to set out details of revenue and capital allocations. It should also reveal how PCT debt will not be passed on to consortia and how much funding per head of population will be available to consortia to cover running costs.

The Operating Framework will also explain how resources will be released from the infrastructure and running costs of SHAs and PCTs to fund GP commissioning consortia.

PCTs and SHAs have already been told to save at least £222m in 2010/11 and a further £350m by the end of 2011/12.

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