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Nhs Treatment Delays

Volume 405: debated on Thursday 15 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health and the Scottish Parliament concerning a definition for an unreasonable period of delay for treatment within the NHS, as phrased in the European Court of Justice ruling on treatment of patients abroad for patients from Wales. [109879]

Treatment on the national health service is a devolved matter in Scotland, for the Scottish Executive. The Scottish Executive is in regular contact with the Department of Health and the other UK health departments with regard to EU and other international health matters.