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Health Care: East Anglia

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on future healthcare provision in the Stansted-Cambridge-Peterborough growth corridor; and if she will make a statement. (105535)

It is for the health authorities to work with local partners, including local delivery vehicles, to plan for future healthcare provision in the growth areas, and to ensure that new developments promote healthy communities. For example, in January 2006, the health forum of Cambridgeshire Horizons, the local delivery vehicle for the sub-region, published “Population Growth and Capacity Planning for Health and Social Care”, which assessed the population consequences of planned housing development in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough and the implications for health and social care.

Government are providing extra resources to support health services in the growth areas, and the Department has worked closely with the Department of Health to ensure that core health funding takes account of planned housing growth. For example, the Department of Health has already included a growth areas adjustment to primary care trust revenue funding.