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St. Luke’s Hospital Market Harborough

Volume 475: debated on Monday 12 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will investigate the rate of progress of the redevelopment of St Luke’s Hospital in Market Harborough; and if he will make a statement. (204854)

East Midlands Strategic Health Authority (SHA) reports that the public consultation on the future of community health services in Leicestershire and Rutland, including St. Luke’s hospital and other community hospitals, is now planned to commence later in the year, following a change to the national and regional NHS Next Stage Review: “Our NHS, Our Future” timetable.

The review by Leicestershire county and Rutland primary care trust (PCT) of community health services is part of a broader national review being carried out across the national health service in England, which is now almost complete. The national review is the culmination of nearly a year of engagement with NHS staff, patients and stakeholders which will influence the shape, style and delivery of health care for the next 10 years. In turn, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland NHS trusts have been reviewing how they can work together to deliver the best health care services for the communities they serve.

The national and regional timetable has been revised to take into account further detail at national and regional level, and this means that Leicestershire county and Rutland PCT will need to wait to ensure that its proposals are consistent with the wider picture.

The East Midlands SHA further reports that it is planned that the PCT’s Board will approve the public consultation document at its meeting on 5 June 2008, and the public consultation will follow this.

Following the public consultation, the PCT will prioritise developments to its community hospitals according to a number of criteria, including local needs, minimising service disruption, and availability of capital finance.