Dear NHS England,

1. How does the NHS ensure that APMS contract holders maintain the values and core principles of the NHS?

2. Are the values and core principles of the NHS codified as an official set of rules anywhere?

3. What steps are taken by the NHS if an APMS contract holder compromises the values and principles of the NHS?

4. Are there limits on how many APMS contracts can be granted by the relevant CCG OR are there a minimum amount of GMS / PMS contracts that must be granted in an area or over a period of time?

5. How many new and existing GMS and PMS contracts for primary medical services exist in Leeds and Bradford as of 2018?

6. What percentage of NHS contracts have been tendered within the private sector from 2016 onwards?

7. What percentage of primary medical services are run under APMS contracts in England as of 2018?

Yours faithfully,

Lauren McDonald

FOI, England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Ms McDonald,

 

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FOI, England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Ms. McDonald,

 

Re:     Freedom of Information request (Our Ref: FOI-055681)

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 14 February
2018.

 

Your exact request was:-

 

“1. How does the NHS ensure that APMS contract holders maintain the values
and core principles of the NHS?

2. Are the values and core principles of the NHS codified as an official
set of rules anywhere?

3. What steps are taken by the NHS if an APMS contract holder compromises
the values and principles of the NHS?

4. Are there limits on how many APMS contracts can be granted by the
relevant CCG OR are there a minimum amount of GMS / PMS contracts that
must be granted in an area or over a period of time?

5. How many new and existing GMS and PMS contracts for primary medical
services exist in Leeds and Bradford as of 2018?

6. What percentage of NHS contracts have been tendered within the private
sector from 2016 onwards?

7. What percentage of primary medical services are run under APMS
contracts in England as of 2018?”

 

NHS England holds this information.

 

Question 1:  There is a national standard APMS contract that states the
requirements for all general practice services but allows for local
additions as needed.  Commissioners are expected to monitor contracts on
an ongoing basis in accordance with NHS England policy and guidance.

 

Question 2: NHS England does not hold this information.

 

Question 3: Commissioners are required to monitor the delivery of
contracts and would take steps to address any shortcomings including but
not limited to issuing breach or remedial notices.

 

Question 4: No, commissioners are bound by procurement law which prevents
them from anti-competitive practices such as restricting market entry
therefore generally all newly commissioned services are offered under an
APMS.

 

Question 5: Information on payments to General Practice, including
contract types is published by NHS Digital on behalf of NHS England.  The
latest data can be accessed here:

 

·       [1]https://digital.nhs.uk/catalogue/PUB30089

 

Question 6: NHS England do not collect or hold this information centrally.
In addition, since 2015, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have in
increasing numbers taken on responsibility for Primary Care Commissioning,
therefore you would need to contact individual CCGs for this information.

 

As such, you may wish to contact CCGs. You can find CCG contact
information on the NHS Choices website via the following web link:

 

·       [2]http://www.nhs.uk/ServiceDirectories/Pag...

 

Question 7: As of December 2017, 5.4% of Primary Medical Contracts are
APMS.

 

Copyright: NHS England operates under the terms of the open government
licence. Please see the NHS England Terms and conditions on the following
link:

 

·       [3]http://www.england.nhs.uk/terms-and-cond....

 

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Please do not reply to this email. This message has been sent from a
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Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information

Corporate Communications Team

Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

Email: [8][NHS England request email]

 

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