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House of Commons Hansard
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Out of Area Treatment
23 March 2010
Volume 508
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To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on arrangements for cross-border healthcare. [321890]

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I have regular meetings with the First Minister and we keep under review the cross-border implications of the policies of both Governments. The position of the Governments in Westminster and Wales is that the border should not represent a barrier to provision of health care, and to that end we have worked closely together on the Revised Protocol for Cross-border Healthcare. The Protocol provides increased clarity on commissioning and funding arrangements and on access standards for patients. It ensures patients who live in border regions and who access health services across the border will continue to see improvements to their services. Across the entire UK the Government remain committed to the core defining principles of an NHS funded by tax and free at the point of use.