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NHS: Independent Reconfiguration Panel

Volume 691: debated on Wednesday 9 May 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What cases, by name and area, have been referred to the National Health Service independent reconfiguration panel; and what has been the outcome of each referral. [HL3193]

The Secretary of State has referred five cases to the independent reconfiguration panel (IRP) for advice. The five cases equate to eight separate referrals from overview and scrutiny committees (OSC). Details of the cases and their outcomes are listed below. The Manchester Making it Better and Healthy Futures cases and the Gloucestershire case are currently with the IRP for consideration.

A further case in east Kent was referred to the IRP in April 2003, although this did not relate to a referral from an OSC.

Cases referred by the Secretary of State for Health to the independent reconfiguration panel:

Proposed changes to maternity services in Calderdale and Huddersfield.

Referred by: Calderdale and Kirklees joint OSC.

Outcome: IRP advice accepted in full by the Secretary of State, with a decision to support the local NHS proposals for inpatient, consultant-led maternity care to be centred on the Calderdale Royal Hospital site together with an alongside midwife-led unit. A stand-alone midwife-led unit would be provided at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary site.

Acute services review in Hartlepool and Teesside.

Referred by: Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Middlesbrough Council, Hartlepool Borough Council.

Outcome: IRP advice accepted in full by the Secretary of State. IRP advice was that a modern hospital should replace the existing out-of-date hospital buildings and be provided on a new site in a well situated location accessible to the people of Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees, Easington and Sedgefield. Until the new hospital is open, consultant-led maternity and paediatric services should be centralised at the University Hospital of North Tees and a midwifery-led maternity unit and a paediatric assessment unit should be provided at the University Hospital of Hartlepool, in addition to elective surgery and emergency medical services, taking into account best practice.

Making it Better consultation on the reconfiguration of in-patient services for women, babies, children and young people in Greater Manchester, East Cheshire and High Peak.

Referred by: Salford OSC, Bury OSC, Rochdale OSC.

Outcome: To be confirmed.

Healthy Futures reconfiguration of hospital services in the north-east sector of Greater Manchester.

Referred by: Rochdale OSC.

Outcome: To be confirmed.

Decision by Gloucestershire Partnership NHS Trust to centralise older people's mental health inpatient facilities at Charlton Lane, Cheltenham.

Referred by: Gloucestershire OSC.

Outcome: To be confirmed.