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Hospital Reconfiguration Reviews

Volume 404: debated on Thursday 8 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will list the NHS hospitals which are subject to reconfiguration reviews. [110947]

The Department does not collect information centrally on configuration reviews and there is no obligation on the National Health Service locally to report on every service change they are considering.

All strategic health authorities are in the process of agreeing local delivery plans for the next three years. These show systematically how improvements will be made locally to deliver the increases in capacity and quality set out in the document 'Improvement, Expansion and Reform: Priorities and Planning Framework 2003–2006' and include acute hospital services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the results of the consultation on the future configuration of NHS hospitals. [110953]

'Keeping the NHS Local—A New Direction of Travel' was published on 14 February. The service models in the document are presented for consultation, which were presented to stimulate discussion and debate. The consultation closes on 14 May in line with Cabinet Office guidelines and we will be publishing a short summary of responses on the configuring hospitals website in due course.