Accident and Emergency Departments: West Midlands

Department of Health written question – answered on 15th January 2015.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will review the adequacy of the capacity of A&E services in the West Midlands.

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

The provision of services, including accident and emergency (A&E) services is a matter for the local National Health Service.

This Government has given the NHS a record £700 million this winter for more doctors, nurses and beds. The NHS, including in the West Midlands, has ensured there are plans in every area to manage the extra demand.

NHS England’s urgent and emergency care review is looking at ways to improve the system to ease pressures on A&E departments. In the long term we are supporting NHS England’s Five Year Forward View which will transform hospital care and reduce pressures on A&E services.

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