To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the terms of reference are of the referral of the future of East Kent acute hospital services to the independent reconfiguration Panel. 
The independent reconfiguration panel has been asked to provide advice about the future of acute hospital services in East Kent under the following terms:
Whether it is of the opinion that the proposals for change set out in the decision of 25 March 2002 will ensure the provision of safe, effective and accessible healthservices for the people of east Kent. And if not, why not.
Any other observations the anel may wish to make in relation to the proposals for change.
The panel's advice as to how to proceed in the speediest and most efficient manner
in the interest of local people.
To submit its recommendations by 1 2 June 2003.
The terms of reference for the independent reconfiguration panel are available on the Department's website at www.doh.gov.uk/configuringhospitals