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Collaborative Programme (Emergency Services)

Volume 405: debated on Wednesday 14 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the Modernisation Agency Emergency Services Collaborative Programme. [111024]

Assessment of the progress of the Collaborative is undertaken on an ongoing basis, through regular monthly reporting of improvements against the target.The Collaborative is run over six waves, with every acute trust in England being involved by July 2003. The Collaborative is in its early stages but sites in wave 1 are already showing improvement across their emergency care systems resulting in reduced waits and delays for patients.