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Worthing Hospital

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if (a) he, (b) Lord Darzi and (c) the Chief Executive of the NHS will visit Worthing Hospital. (157840)

The Secretary of State for Health, Lord Darzi and David Nicholson, the NHS chief executive all make regular visits to national health service facilities across the country. Invitations are of course considered on a case by case basis and will depend upon diary pressures and parliamentary business. Therefore, if the hon. Member wishes to, he may send a formal request to Ministers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the proposal from the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges that facilities at Worthing Hospital in West Sussex Primary Care Trust be downgraded. (157016)

It is for local primary care trusts in conjunction with other local stakeholders and their strategic health authorities (SHAs) to make assessments of current and future health needs and to commission services accordingly.

South East Coast SHA has advised officials that it has provided a response to the report which can be found at the SHA's website:

www.southeastcoast.nhs.uk/news/Newsrelease24.09.07.asp