Patients: Transport

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 9 January 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requirements are placed on transport authorities to connect communities or populations with a GP.

Photo of Nusrat Ghani Nusrat Ghani Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport), Assistant Whip (HM Treasury)

Local authorities should take account of the health, housing, educational and transport needs of their populations when planning and delivering local services. The Government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy, published in July 2018, recognises the importance of good transport links to hospitals, and the Department will continue to work with the Department for Health and Social Care on ways of improving transport links to hospitals and other medical centres. National Health Service commissioners and providers also have a statutory duty to consult stakeholders including local transport authorities on the impact of local health service changes, including analysis of available transport options, public transport schedules and the availability and affordability of car parking.

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