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Independent Reconfiguration Panel

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS hospital re-organisations have been referred to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel since it was established; and how many of those were changed as a result. (255819)

Since the Independent Reconfiguration Panel (IRP) was established in 2003, the IRP has competed 14 full reviews at the request of the Secretary of State for Health.

In general terms, three of the 14 reviews undertaken by the IRP have supported local national health service proposals, four have not supported them and seven supported them in principle, but placed conditions on their implementation.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many requests from overview and scrutiny committees for (a) proposed and (b) in progress NHS re-organisations to be referred to the Independent Reconfiguration Panel have been rejected since overview and scrutiny committees were established. (255820)

Regulation 4 of the Local Authority (Overview and Scrutiny Committees Health Scrutiny Functions) Regulations 2002 allows overview and scrutiny committees the power to refer contested local national health service reconfigurations to the Secretary of State for Health.

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health considers all referrals from overview and scrutiny committees.