§ Mr. Alfred Morris
To ask the Secretary of State for Health in how many recent cases in Greater Manchester people with life-threatening conditions and in need of intensive care have been referred to hospitals outside the conurbation; to which hospitals they were referred; what assessment she has made as to the adequacy of intensive care provision in the conurbation for the coming winter months; what actions she will be taking; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Sackville
We are aware of four such cases. Three were referred to Blackpool Victoria hospital, the other to Burnley general hospital.
Purchasers of health care are responsible for ensuring the availability of a comprehensive range of services, within available resources. It is for them to decide, in discussion with providers, how best to meet the need for intensive care facilities.
The Government are currently funding a study by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, in consultation with the Intensive Care Society and other royal colleges, into access to intensive care.