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Health Services: South West Region

Volume 459: debated on Monday 30 April 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether she has approved proposals from the South West Strategic Health Authority to rebalance NHS provision away from acute hospital care to out-of-hospital care in the community; and if she will make a statement. (133171)

Any proposals for the reconfiguration of services are a matter for the national health service locally.

There is a well established and well understood process for managing formal public consultations on proposed changes so that patients, the public and other stakeholders can help to inform the local debate.

However, our vision for providing more services in settings that are convenient for patients was set out in “Our Health, Our Care, Our Say”.

Although one of our goals is to treat people more quickly and conveniently closer to home, this should only happen where it is consistent with safety and good quality care.