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Hospital Closures (Media Interest)

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what methodology was used to arrive at predictions for media interest (a) now, (b) in the summer, (c) in the autumn and (d) in the future as indicated on the heat maps released by her Department on 7 November; which organisations carried out the research which was used to draw up the predictions for media interest; how much these organisations were paid; for what reasons her Department analysed media interest surrounding potential hospital closures; whether her Department has any plans to conduct further research into the media interest surrounding hospital closures; and if she will make a statement. (103353)

The Department produced a set of maps following discussions with strategic health authorities (SHAs). These gave an indication of local media coverage of health service issues by SHA. The maps have not been updated.

Copies of the maps are available in the Library and can be viewed on the Department's website at

In addition, the Department routinely monitors local media interest in the NHS and will continue to do so.