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NHS Treatment Centres: Essex

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many representations, and from whom, have been received in support of an independent treatment centre in mid-Essex. (156493)

The Department does not keep data on the precise number of representations received on the specific issues. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has said that he expects to approve further independent sector schemes in coming months, and that they will only go forward where the local national health service supports their introduction.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on the establishment of an Independent Treatment Centre in mid-Essex; and if he will make a statement. (156527)

The Department is working with the national health service to review the specifications of the remaining schemes in Phase 2 of the central procurement process, including the proposed scheme for Essex, to ensure that future schemes best meet the needs of the local NHS, and are responsive to the needs of the communities in which they will operate. This exercise is ongoing, and expected to be completed in October. Once this process is complete, and all parties involved in negotiations have been informed of the outcomes, further information will be made available.