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Community Hospitals

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

24. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what contribution she expects community hospitals to make to the provision of patient care closer to where they live. (85863)

I expect community hospitals to make a significant contribution to the provision of convenient, high quality and local care for patients. As such we are evaluating the contribution community hospitals can make to shifting care as part of the Care Closer to Home Demonstration Project. Furthermore “Our Health Our care Our Community: Investing in Community Hospitals and Services” set out our programme for the future of community hospitals and their role in the provision of local and convenient patient care.