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Access to NHS Services

Part of Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:43 pm on 3rd July 2007.

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Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley Shadow Secretary of State for Health 4:43 pm, 3rd July 2007

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that intervention, and I entirely agree with his point. The new Prime Minister has stated that he must listen to what the public and NHS professionals are saying throughout the country, but he cannot do that when—as is happening in many places—top-down reconfiguration of services is being forced upon local health care economies. I was recently in Hastings in my hon. Friend's part of the country. The way in which the reconfigurations are to be applied raises serious questions about both the evidential basis for them and to access the services that will result. I will say more about that.