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Health Services: Warrington

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions she has had with Warrington Primary Care Trust on its decision to stop funding treatment services at a GP practice in Birchwood; and if she will make a statement. (135570)

The Department has had no discussions with Warrington primary care trust about the funding of treatment services at a general practitioner practice in Birchwood.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many people who work but do not live in Birchwood have been treated by the GP practices there in the last 12 months; and what assessment has been made of the likely impact on accident and emergency services at Warrington Hospital if there was a reduction in the number and types of services available at those practices; (135571)

(2) if she will ensure that an independent expert in primary care is appointed to review treatment room services provided in Birchwood during the six months of extended funding which has been offered by the primary care trust.

The information requested is not collected centrally. Warrington primary care trust, working in conjunction with North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust, is responsible for assessing the impact of any proposed changes to service provision.