East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust

Department of Health written question – answered on 10th July 2017.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Conservative, Hemel Hempstead

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is required to consult on proposed changes to delivery of acute services in South-West Hertfordshire.

Photo of Philip Dunne Philip Dunne The Minister of State, Department of Health

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.

Any changes should meet the four Government tests for significant service change: they should have support from general practitioner commissioners, be based on clinical evidence, demonstrate public and patient engagement, and consider patient choice. There is additional NHS England guidance which means that proposed service reconfigurations should be tested for their impact on overall bed numbers in the area.

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