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NHS Reconfiguration

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is taking to ensure effective public consultation is undertaken on changes to the configuration of NHS services. (104453)

There is a well-established process for conducting consultations on reconfigurations, which is encouraged and supported by the Department. The Department has issued guidance, “Strengthening Accountability”, published in February 2003, that offers policy and practice guidance for national health service organisations on involving patients and the public. Primarily there is a duty to consult and involve patients and the public conferred on NHS organisations by section 11 of the Health and Social Care Act 2001. Further information about policy and guidance published by the Department on consultations can be found at:

www.doh.gov.uk/involvingpatients