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Urology Services (East Kent)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:52 pm on 20th July 2005.

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Photo of Julian Brazier Julian Brazier Shadow Minister (Transport) 4:52 pm, 20th July 2005

The Minister is right on that point. However, crucial to those criteria was the agreement that quality of service should be high. I set out for the Minister in detail why the quality of service in east Kent was, by any objective measure, very high indeed. It is higher than in west Kent or in other parts of England and America. The measure that the panel used on quality meant something different. It was considering theoretical criteria so, absurdly, the same organisation with a service rated as excellent was deemed to be poor in the review process. The service did not meet the theoretical criteria, although the performance has been excellent on all the objective measures that I listed.