Whittington Hospital

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 26th February 2013.

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Photo of Daniel Poulter Daniel Poulter The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health 11:30 am, 26th February 2013

The hon. Lady is absolutely right to highlight the fact that service changes have to be clinically led, meet the tests we have outlined and engage with communities effectively, but the point is that the previous Government also redesigned and changed services, very often for the benefit of patients. When the redesign of services is clinically led and services are better delivered for patients, that has to be a good thing so let us look at these proposals. If they are clinically led, let us see whether they deliver improved care for patients, and if they do, it is the right thing to do.