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Service Reorganisation

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether primary care and NHS trusts in Gloucestershire are required to consult (a) the public and (b) voluntary organisations on possible changes in passenger transport services arising from reconfiguration of hospital and other services. (78901)

The requirement on trusts and primary care trusts is to consult on proposals to change health services not passenger transport services. Such issues, however, would be dealt with in the context of the health service consultation, and not treated separately.

However, the consultation which was launched on 12 June 2006 by Avon, Gloucester and Wiltshire strategic health authority, ‘The Future of Healthcare in Gloucestershire Proposals for Developing Sustainable NHS Services’, includes proposed changes to passenger transport services.