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Health And Social Services (Merseyside)

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of health and social services in Merseyside. [129063]

The publication of the 2003 national health service performance ratings was undertaken by the Commission for Health Improvement, on behalf of the Department. The performance ratings contain full star ratings for acute/specialist and ambulance trusts and for the first time, mental health and primary care trusts. Information on all the star ratings awarded in 2003 for the Cheshire and Merseyside region can be found at http://www.nhs.uldroot/StarRatings/StrategicHealth Authority.asp/SHACode = Q15The Department's social services inspectorate produces for each council social services department an annual performance report. This includes information about the standard of service over the preceding year and the capacity for improvement for the coming year and beyond. Star ratings are awarded each November to every social services department.The star ratings awarded to the Merseyside councils in 2002 are shown as follows:

2 star
  • Cheshire
  • Knowsley
  • Sefton
  • Warrington
1 star
  • Halton
  • Liverpool
  • St. Helens
  • Wirral

Information on star ratings for all council social services departments can be found in the social service inspectorate's 2002–03 annual report. A copy of the report can be found at