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Health Services: East Midlands

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what contact his Department has had with (a) the East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA), (b) primary care trusts within the East Midlands SHA area, (c) NHS hospital trusts, foundation trusts and mental health trusts within the East Midlands SHA area and (d) right hon. and hon. Members on the effects of immigration into the region, NHS services and budgets; and if he will make a statement; (156398)

(2) what contact his Department has had with (a) the East of England Strategic Health Authority (SHA), (b) primary care trusts within the East of England SHA area, (c) NHS hospital trusts, foundation trusts and mental health trusts within the SHA area and (d) right hon. and hon. Members on the effects of immigration into the region on NHS services and budgets; and if he will make a statement.

Ministers have regular meetings with hon. Members and other stakeholders about health services in England. There is also a regular flow of correspondence from across the country including the East of England and East Midlands areas.

The Department is supporting local national health service organisations engage within regional strategic migration partnerships which provide a single multi-sector, multi agency forum to consider the impacts of migration as they affect regional areas. Funding of £20,000 is available in both 2007-08 and 2008-09 to help with co-ordination arrangements.

Discussions are shortly to start with the East Midlands Government Office and the Local Government East Midlands about this. Also, this work is being taken forward in partnership with the East of England Regional Assembly, the East of England Government Office and Suffolk primary care trust.