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Hospital Reconfigurations

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on hospital reconfigurations. [103217]

New guidance, "Keeping the NHS Local: A New Direction of Travel" was published on 14 February. It challenges the view that 'biggest is best', and puts patients and the public at the centre of the process. The core principles must be applied by the NHS with immediate effect.