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Non-geographical Telephone Numbers

Volume 485: debated on Tuesday 16 December 2008

19. To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to discontinue the use of 084 telephone numbers in the NHS. (243649)

We are considering discontinuing the use of telephone numbers such as 084 in the NHS, where the cost to the patient of calling those numbers is greater than the cost of a local rate call. We therefore launched a public consultation today on this issue, which is due to run until 31 March 2009, and which will inform the Government’s decision on the future use of such numbers in the NHS.