Chase Farm Hospital

Charles Walker calls for Chase Farm Hospital to retain its A&E department.

Mr. Walker: To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure Chase Farm Hospital retains its accident and emergency department; and if she will make a statement. [18562]

Jane Kennedy: It is for local primary care trusts working with national health service trusts to determine how the needs of the local population can best be met. Local NHS organisations have a responsibility to engage with local people in formulating proposals and to consult formally on proposals for change.

I understand that a discussion document published by the Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust last December has since been re-drafted in light of an earlier engagement process and it is expected to be issued for formal consultation early next year.


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