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Departments: Offices

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to establish regional offices of his Department; and whether they will be based on (a) strategic health authorities and (b) Government Office for the Region boundaries. (158186)

We have no plans to establish regional offices of the Department.

The Department already has a public health presence which is co-located in each Government office for the region.

Following its high level review, the Department has considered options to improve our capacity and capability at a regional level; to strengthen our relationships with local authorities across their responsibilities for adult social care and improving public health.

Our proposals focus on building the capability and capacity of our presence in each Government office for the region. Our proposals do not suggest any change to the functions of strategic health authorities.