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Health Services: Worcestershire

Volume 506: debated on Thursday 4 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 25 February 2010, Official Report, columns 747-48W, on health services: Worcestershire, what consultation he plans to undertake on the preferred option for the delivery of community services; and what objectives he has set for that consultation. (320575)

The Department would not consult on proposals in Worcestershire. This is a matter for Worcestershire primary care trust (PCT).

‘Transforming Community Services: The Assurance and Approval Process for PCT-provided Community Services’, makes clear that patients and the public should be involved in any proposed service change that may arise from an organisational change. This document has already been placed in the Library. Sustained engagement of patients, public, staff, their unions and representatives, and key stakeholders is essential. This is a process that is managed locally by PCTs, and assured by strategic health authorities.