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Cross-border Health Services

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

13. To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the numbers of patients resident in Wales who used acute hospital services in Shropshire in 2008. (298052)

While there is no official definition of ‘acute hospital services’, according to Shropshire County PCT, ‘17,837’ patients resident in Wales had a period of hospital care under one consultant in Shropshire in 2008-09. I understand that Telford and Wrekin PCT, Shropshire County PCT, and Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust carried out a review of the configuration of health services in Shropshire, and that proposals for the future are still being considered.