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Health written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Party Chair, Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether his Department has conducted a full impact assessment on the decision to move Cumbria's out-of-hours telephone contact to the regional NHS Direct.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The commissioning of out-of-hours services is a matter for the local NHS.

The NHS 111 service will be rolled out nationally by June 2013. A full national impact assessment of NHS 111 is due to be published shortly, and the Department published a partial impact assessment on 15 December 2009. The information is contained in Impact Assessment of Three Digit Number (3DN), a copy of which has been placed in the Library. In Cumbria, NHS 111 is already live and is handling out of hours calls to improve responsiveness locally.

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