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Health Services: Channel Islands

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consultation his Department conducted with (a) British Chambers of Commerce, (b) trade unions, (c) the Federation of Small Businesses, (d) the Confederation of British Industry and (e) other organisations with interests in industry, trade, or commerce prior to the decision to cancel the reciprocal agreement between the National Health Service and the Isle of Man with effect from 1 April 2010; and if he will make a statement. (306506)

No such discussions took place. The Department of Health ended the bilateral agreement with the Channel Islands (including Jersey and Guernsey) and gave notice on the agreement with the Isle of Man, as it considers that they are out of place considering the wide availability of travel insurance, and there is little robust data to justify the business case and value for money for the national health service.