Hospitals: Standards

Health written question – answered on 24th July 2007.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Shadow Minister (Olympics and London), Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many hospitals are carrying out consultations on (a) bed closures and (b) service reductions.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

Any proposals for the reconfiguration of services are a matter for the national health service locally.

There is a well established and well understood process for managing formal public consultations on proposals for major service change so that the public and other stakeholders can help to inform the local debate.

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