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Health Services: Rural Areas

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment she has made of the impact of the closure programmes for community hospitals in rural areas on the delivery of NHS care to rural communities. (133625)

There is no centrally co-ordinated closure programme for community hospitals in England. Proposals for changes to the way services are delivered locally are a matter for local commissioners in conjunction with local people. Primary care trusts in England are expected to take into account issues such as the impact on rural areas when making decisions about the configuration of services locally.