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Hospital Transportation

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 13 March 2006, Official Report, column 2029W, if she will collect data in respect of the frequency of transportation between hospitals of infants requiring treatment in special care baby units; and if she will make a statement. (73209)

No. In line with the principles of shifting the balance of power to local national health service organisations, we wish to minimise the burden of all central information requirements on the health service.

It is for local neonatal networks and hospital trusts to determine the appropriate number of special care baby cots to ensure there is provision for babies requiring such care. Strategic health authority areas will increase or decrease cots to reflect demand.