Hospital Facility Transfers

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 7th September 2010.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Gordon Birtwistle Gordon Birtwistle Liberal Democrat, Burnley 2:30 pm, 7th September 2010

What steps his Department takes to ensure that local NHS trusts observe its guidelines on reconfigurations involving transfer of facilities from one hospital to another.

Watch this
Embed this video

Copy and paste this code on your website

Hide

Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Secretary of State for Health

Commissioners should ensure that current and future reconfigurations demonstrate evidence of compliance with the four criteria that I announced in May. That should be a rigorous process, involving GPs and other local clinicians, local authorities, patients and the public, as set out in guidance. For current schemes, the local assessment should be concluded by 31 October this year.

Watch this

Photo of Gordon Birtwistle Gordon Birtwistle Liberal Democrat, Burnley

Is my right hon. Friend aware that East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust is breaching his guidelines by transferring a children's ward from Burnley to Blackburn without the approval of local GPs and the local council or the support of the local population? Will he please intervene?

Watch this

Photo of Andrew Lansley Andrew Lansley The Secretary of State for Health

My hon. Friend and I have had a conversation in Burnley about emergency and children's services at Burnley hospital. I was not aware of the position that he has just described, but I will ensure that any reconfigurations that have taken place in the past and are still being reviewed, or that are currently being proposed or acted on, comply with the criteria that I set out in May, and I will write to him.

Watch this