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Health Services (Wycombe)

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

The Petition of over fourteen hundred readers of the Bucks Free Press newspaper,

Declares that the Prime Minister should honour his pledge to listen to newspaper campaigns and the voice of the people and order a review of changes to services at Wycombe Hospital.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Prime Minister to order such a review.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr. Paul Goodman, Official Report, 17 December 2008; Vol. 485, c. 1201 .]

[P000293]

Observations from the Secretary of State for Health:

Although the Department of Health provides strategic leadership to the NHS and social care organisations in England, it is for local NHS organisations to plan, develop and improve services for local people. Therefore, any proposals for improvements to services are matters to be decided locally.

South Central Strategic Health Authority reports that in 2004, NHS organisations in mid and south Buckinghamshire consulted the local population about proposed changes to consolidate specialist services (known locally as Shaping Health Services). We understand that this led to improvements in the provision of trauma, planned care, women's and children's services.