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|19 Dec 2017, 2:48 p.m.||South Tyneside Hospital||Mr Stephen Hepburn|
To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to support acute services at South Tyneside District Hospital.
Answer (Philip Dunne)
Any possible reconfiguration of acute services is a matter for the local National Health Service. 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.
‘The Path to Excellence’ is a five-year transformation of healthcare service across South Tyneside and Sunderland and has been set up to secure the future of local NHS services and to identify new and innovative ways of delivering high quality, joined up, sustainable care that will benefit the local population, both now and in the future.
A consultation to gather public views about the different ways some aspects of NHS hospital services could be arranged in South Tyneside and Sunderland was launched in July 2017 and ended in October 2017. This has focused particularly on choices around areas of hospital care which are delivered at South Tyneside District Hospital and Sunderland Royal Hospital.
No decisions will be made on reconfiguration matters until the responses to ‘The Path to Excellence’ have been thoroughly analysed. Final decisions are expected to be made by South Tyneside and Sunderland Clinical Commissioning Groups in 2018.