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Virtual Wards

Department of Health written question – answered on 2nd June 2015.

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Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Conservative, Hereford and South Herefordshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential for virtual wards to improve health care delivery.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Minister of State, Department of Health

We recognise the importance of care at home and have identified 800,000 of the most vulnerable patients as part of the Proactive Care Programme.

Virtual wards could provide one way of reducing unplanned admissions by providing the staffing, systems and routines of hospital care in the patient’s own home.

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