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Question for Department of Health

UIN 199993, tabled on 10 June 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps NHS England is taking to reduce inequalities in access to immunisation programmes.

Answered on

17 June 2014

Reduction of health inequalities is a service delivery requirement in the national service specifications for immunisation services under the National Health Service public health functions agreement between the Secretary of State and NHS England and is monitored by Area Teams in contract reviews with providers.

NHS England's Area Teams seek to reduce inequalities in access to immunisation programmes at local level and improve engagement with groups that do not readily access health services, working in partnership with key stakeholders through health needs assessments and the joint strategic needs assessments used by the health and wellbeing boards.

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Department of Health and Social Care