§ 29. Dr. McDonald
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he takes to monitor the level of hospital provision in the Basildon and Thurrock district health authority; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Whitney
Initial responsibility for monitoring Basildon and Thurrock district health authority and the services it provides rests with the North East Thames regional health authority. Regional health authorities are held accountable by the Secretary of State for Social Services, in particular through the regional review and regional performance review processes, for the health care provision within their regions.