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Access to NHS Services

Part of Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:18 pm on 3rd July 2007.

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Photo of Alan Johnson Alan Johnson The Secretary of State for Health 5:18 pm, 3rd July 2007

We are still in consultation on the issue that the hon. Gentleman raises, but these issues are driven locally, and they are driven predominantly on the basis of clinical decision. [Interruption.] I am sorry, but Opposition Members have spent a long time putting forward scare stories about NHS closures, job losses and bad services. It is no wonder they do not wish to hear the Government's record over the last 10 years. [Interruption.] Opposition Members are asking for a moratorium on reconfiguration. These reconfigurations are being driven by local decisions in local NHS trusts, and they are driven by clinical need, not by any financial constraints. That is the simple fact of the situation.