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Patients: Travel

Question for Department of Health

UIN 54925, tabled on 25 November 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will take steps to ensure that (a) financially vulnerable and (b) less mobile members of society are not disadvantaged by any increase in journey times between points of (i) primary and (ii) acute health care services.

Answered on

2 December 2016

Determining the location of services is a matter for clinical commissioning groups based on their clinical expertise and the providers in their local health economy.

Patient transport services are available to meet an individual’s transport needs where this is clinically appropriate and the Healthcare Travel Costs Scheme supports those on low incomes or in receipt of qualifying benefits.