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Health Services: Elderly

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provisions have been made to enable older people with debilitating health conditions to travel to treatment centres outside their locality from April 2008. (246224)

Regardless of their age, national health service patients with a medical need for transport (as determined by a healthcare professional) are entitled to free transport to and from their treatment as part of non-emergency Patient Transport Services (PTS). Primary care trusts are responsible for securing the provision of PTS for the population it covers to such an extent, as they consider necessary to meet all reasonable requirements. This includes paying for transport to or from out of area healthcare providers, and transport between healthcare providers.