Published on: 16th August 2012
Monitor has today launched the draft Commissioner Requested Services and Protected Services Guidance for consultation.
The guidance sets out a process for commissioners to follow to ensure that key NHS services remain available for patients if a provider gets into serious financial difficulty.
Commissioner Requested Services are services that will be considered by the commissioner for protection should a provider fail. The system will form part of Monitor's Continuity of Service framework which aims to make sure patients continue to have access to the services they need in their local area.
As part of the Continuity of Service framework, Commissioners will decide which services should be designated Commissioner Requested Services and the guidance helps them to do this. Providers of Commissioner Requested Services will be subject to additional licence conditions in the proposed NHS provider licence, which was released for consultation on 31 July 2012.
Jason Mann, Transition Policy Director at Monitor said,
"We need a continuity of service framework that protects patients whilst allowing commissioners and providers to work together to deliver the right services for their local community.
"The guidance is an important part of the continuity of service framework which is our primary means of making sure key services continue to be available to patients should a provider experience serious difficulties.
"It is very important that we get the guidance right and we urge people to get involved with the consultation to help the NHS continue to deliver high quality services for patients in the future."
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