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Hospitals Closures: Media Interest

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 29 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 39W, on hospital closures (media interest), 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 2006; and for what reasons her Department analysed media interest surrounding potential hospital closures. (118245)

It is routine for the Department to monitor media activity and uses a range of methods to do this. 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.