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Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:49 am on 14th March 2006.

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Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State (Quality and Patient Safety), Department of Health 10:49 am, 14th March 2006

I am grateful to my hon. Friend. He makes a valid and proper point. The health service has made huge steps in providing faster, more convenient access to care. There is so much that we can say about how the health service has improved: improved services, reduced waiting times at their lowest in nearly a generation, big reductions in mortality rates, and accident and emergency departments that have been transformed from the dreadful memories that Labour Members have of the state of the health service in the run-up to 1997. In the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, more than 96 per cent. of patients consistently wait no longer than four hours in accident and emergency.