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NHS Service Access

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 18th October 2011.

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Photo of Alec Shelbrooke Alec Shelbrooke Conservative, Elmet and Rothwell 2:30 pm, 18th October 2011

What steps he is taking to assist patients to access a greater range of NHS services.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The NHS constitution gives patients the right to make choices about their care. The Government are committed to empowering patients. Our goal is for patients to have more choice of treatment.

Photo of Alec Shelbrooke Alec Shelbrooke Conservative, Elmet and Rothwell

What steps is my hon. Friend taking to ensure that my constituents requiring cardiac services will have access to the care that they need in Leeds?

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

My hon. Friend raises an important and controversial issue, as he will have heard when listening to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State earlier and the debates that he has attended in the House on this subject. We are determined that proper facilities will be made available, based not on money but on the high quality of care, particularly for children. An independent review is being carried out by the joint committee of primary care trusts, which is expected to announce its recommendations later this year.

Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

Has the Minister considered exchanging expertise with the regions of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales? That exchange could take place without any charge.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The hon. Gentleman raises a valid point. The NHS in England has regular contact and discussions with the NHS in other parts of the United Kingdom, and will continue to do so because both the UK and the devolved authorities can learn a considerable amount from sharing views and practice.