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Strategic Health Authorities

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance has been issued to strategic health authorities (SHAs) to assist them in evaluating whether services should be retained at those hospitals currently being reviewed by the SHAs. (94741)

It is for strategic health authorities (SHAs) to determine which schemes should be reviewed and the Department has not issued any specific guidance to SHAs on evaluating services that should be retained. However, the Department has recently begun a piece of work with SHAs to understand which services might be subject to review and how the Department can support SHAs in this task.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) which hospitals are the subject of review by strategic health authorities into the level of services they provide; (94742)

(2) how many reviews are being conducted by strategic health authorities (SHAs) into the level of services provided at hospitals in England and Wales; and which SHAs are conducting them.

It is for strategic health authorities (SHAs) to determine which schemes should be reviewed and the Department does not currently hold validated information. The Department has recently begun a piece of work with SHAs to understand which services might be subject to review and how the Department can support SHAs in this task.