To ask the Secretary of State for Health
(2) what discussions took place between his Department and (a) the Chester-le-Street and Durham primary care trust and (b) Derwentside primary care trust concerning the reduction of waiting times for scans in County Durham.
As part of the recent capacity planning exercise, the Department met with all strategic health authorities (SHAs) to discuss their plans for delivering the 2005–06 to 2007–08 public service agreements. It is for SHAs to discuss and agree these plans with their local primary care trusts. We expect these plans to be formally agreed with the Department in May.