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Cottage Hospitals

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact on social services care in the community programme of closing cottage hospitals; and if she will make a statement. (74266)

Decisions on the role of cottage hospitals in local healthcare provision are matters for primary care trusts and strategic health authorities in consultation with local populations.

The White Paper, “Our Health, Our Care, Our Say: a new Direction for Community Services”, made it clear to national health service organisations that community hospital facilities and the integrated health and social care services they provide should not be lost in response to short-term budgetary pressures that are not related to the viability of the community facility itself.