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Accident and Emergency Facilities

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

23. To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the effect will be of the proposed changes to acute services in (a) Hertfordshire and (b) England on the time taken to travel to accident and emergency facilities. (103790)

There is no recommended minimum or maximum patient travelling time to hospitals with accident and emergency departments in England. However, I would expect any public consultations on the proposed reconfiguration of acute health services—including, in Hertfordshire, those that have taken place and those that may be planned—to include discussions about the effect of the proposals on the time taken by patients to accident and emergency departments. Local primary care trusts and NHS trusts talk to their clinical, patient and wider health community when a change to service delivery is necessary.