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Community Hospitals

Health written question – answered on 29th June 2005.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry Conservative, Banbury

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to her answer of 16 June 2005, Official Report, column 635W, on community hospitals, whether the decision on which services will be provided by each new community hospital will be made by (a) the Government and (b) primary care trusts.

Photo of Liam Byrne Liam Byrne Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) (Care Services)

The Department is in the early stages of developing its policy on community hospitals. Preliminary thinking is that the decision on the provision of services in community hospitals will be a joint one, involving the Department, strategic health authorities and primary care trusts working in partnership and informed by the forthcoming public consultation on services outside of hospitals.

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