These are matters for the local National Health Service. No such assessments have therefore been made by the Department.
All service changes should be based on clear evidence that they will deliver better outcomes for patients. It is right that these decisions are led by local clinicians, who best understand the healthcare needs of their local populations, and in consultation with local people.
Changes must meet the four tests for service change: they must have support from general practitioner commissioners, be based on clinical evidence, demonstrate public and patient engagement, and consider patient choice.
We understand that North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently consulting local people on the future provision of local urgent care services.
The CCG has liaised with the local Service Resilience Operational Group to assess the impact of all the potential options.