Health Services (East Midlands)

Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 10th June 2014.

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Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Chair, Public Accounts Commission 11:30 am, 10th June 2014

What steps he plans to take to improve the provision of health services in the east midlands.

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

Decisions about local services should be made as close to patients as possible, by those who are best placed to work with patients and the public to understand their needs. Clinical commissioning groups commission the majority of health services, working with health and care professionals to design services for local populations.

Photo of Edward Leigh Edward Leigh Chair, Public Accounts Commission

In large rural areas like Lincolnshire, the air ambulance can make the difference between life and death, particularly for car crashes where roads are blocked. What plans does the Minister have to strengthen the services of the East Midlands air ambulance service?

Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb The Minister of State, Department of Health

I will be very happy to discuss the issue with my hon. Friend, if he would like to do so. I pay tribute to the extraordinary work the air ambulance services undertake across our country. I have witnessed that in my own community and I would be very happy to talk further about what more can be done to strengthen the work they do.