Skip to main content

West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will refer the reconfiguration of hospital services by West Hertfordshire Hospital Trust to the independent reconfiguration panel; and if she will make a statement. (105167)

It is for local authorities’ overview and scrutiny committees (OSCs) to consider proposals for service change, as part of the consultation process. OSCs have the power to refer any proposal to the Secretary of State if they believe the proposal is not in the interests of the health service or if consultation has been inadequate. Should this happen, the Secretary of State would consider seeking the advice of the independent reconfiguration panel before a final decision was made.