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Departments: Reorganisation

Volume 464: debated on Monday 15 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the basis is for the decision to put in place new arrangements for a comprehensive regional presence outlined in his Department's Capability Review and Development Plan, published on 12 September 2007; which arrangements currently exist to support the Department's regional presence; whether he anticipates the reconfiguration of strategic health authorities in support of the new arrangements; and if he will make a statement. (156808)

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.

At present the Department has a smaller presence in each Government office for the regions (GOR) than comparable Departments of State.

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