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NHS: Public Participation

Volume 477: debated on Friday 13 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what guidelines his Department provides to primary care trusts to ensure the provision of accurate information in documents they publish for public consultations; (207900)

(2) what steps he takes to ensure that primary care trusts make accurate figures available to members of the public when embarking on consultations for major changes in the services provided by hospitals.

The Department does not provide guidance on the accuracy of information contained in public consultations undertaken by primary care trusts but expects that best endeavours are made to ensure information shared is up-to-date, accurate and validated.