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Hospitals: Transport

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he issues on the responsibility of primary care and NHS trusts to consult (a) the public and (b) voluntary organisations on possible changes in patient transport services arising from the reconfiguration of hospitals and other services. (210138)

This is a matter for the local NHS.

On 9 May 2008,the Department of Health published “Changing for the Better: guidance when undertaking major change in the NHS”. This recommends that, alongside proposals for service change, the local national health service publishes a business case setting out the clinical and patient benefits and that such options should also include a detailed analysis of the impact on travelling times and distances, identifying the impact on pedestrians and public and private transport users as well as the ambulance service.

Copies of this guidance have been placed in the Library and are also available on the Department’s website at:

www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_084674