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Accident and Emergency Departments

Volume 457: debated on Friday 23 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 910W, on accident and emergency departments, which NHS trusts the NHS has told her are (a) consulting on and (b) planning to consult on changes to their accident and emergency departments. (118220)

The national health service has told us of one ongoing consultation that could affect accident and emergency (A&E) services. This is the consultation on proposals affecting Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust.

The NHS has told us of seven other proposals where consultation on proposed changes that could affect A&E services is planned. The NHS trusts covered by these planned consultations are:

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust;

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust;

Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust;

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust;

Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust;

Royal Surrey County Hospitals NHS Trust;

Ashford and St. Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust;

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust;

Royal West Sussex NHS Trust;

Worthing and Southlands Hospitals NHS Trust; and

East Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust.

The proposals concerned are not solely about changes to A&E services but depending on the outcome of consultation it is possible that there could be changes to A&E services at some of these trusts.

It is likely that other sets of proposals will come forward for consultation in the future that could affect other A&E services.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the longest distance is from the nearest accident and emergency department to the furthest dwelling in each parliamentary constituency. (122311)