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Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on progress on the development of the new clinical assessment treatment and support centre at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital. (158659)

In terms of the development of Clinical Assessment, Treatment and Support (CATS) services in Chorley as part of the phase 2 independent sector procurement in the North West, the Department is currently working with the national health service to review the specifications of the remaining schemes in phase 2 of the central procurement process. This will 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.

Following Central Lancashire primary care trust’s (PCT) receipt of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s (LTH) CATS written proposal for South Ribble, LTH and the PCT met on 10 October so that LTH could formally present their proposal to the PCT. A detailed review of this proposal is now being undertaken by the PCT with the outcome expected in mid-November. Formal confirmation to LTH will then follow. What the PCT has seen to date has been very encouraging.