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Health Services

Volume 492: debated on Tuesday 12 May 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS facilities have been (a) closed and (b) had a reduction in the number of services provided since May 1997. (274638)

The information requested is not held centrally.

Deciding where and how to provide national health service services is a matter for the local NHS, in conjunction with clinicians, patients and other stakeholders. The Department's 2008 publication—“Leading Local Change”—makes clear that any changes should be locally led, clinically driven and built upon a sound clinical case for change. A copy has already been placed in the Library.