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Cirencester Hospital

Volume 468: debated on Wednesday 28 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health with reference to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 267W, on Cirencester Hospital, when he expects to announce the decision on an independent sector provider contract for Cirencester Hospital. (167761)

The proposed scheme for the Avon, Gloucester and Wiltshire area, which currently includes Cirencester hospital as a potential site for services, is proceeding through the phase 2 procurement process. The Department has recently concluded discussions with the national health service with regard to the final specifications of the scheme with the aim of ensuring that health care services are effective, accessible and responsive to local needs.

The Department will conclude decisions on the remaining phase 2 schemes no later than end of March 2008. Announcements on any contracted provider will be made once the scheme has received all the necessary approvals.