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Health Services: Rural Areas

Volume 507: debated on Thursday 11 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what estimate he has made of the proportion of services provided by his Department which are targeted at people living in rural areas; (320570)

(2) what account his Department takes of the needs of disadvantaged people in rural areas in determining the targeting of strategies to deliver its services.

Primary care trusts are responsible for assessing the needs of their populations and commissioning services to meet those needs. This includes ensuring that services meet the needs of all groups within their population, such as those living in rural areas.