Health Services: Devon

Department of Health written question – answered on 16th December 2014.

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Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Labour, Exeter

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects on patient care and access to treatment of reductions in and restrictions of services being implemented by NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We are advised by NHS England that the Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has withdrawn proposals requiring patients to undergo weight loss or stop smoking ahead of routine surgery, and that other measures proposed by the CCG will be subject to a full public consultation, where appropriate, in the New Year.

We are further advised that NHS England is currently scrutinising the CCG's proposals, seeking assurance that they are in the best interests of patients, are based on sound evidence and are subject to a well-planned process.

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