HC Deb 13 November 2001 vol 374 c671W
14. Mr. Gordon Prentice

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to ensure the NHS in east Lancashire remains focused on service delivery during the process of organisational changes. [12118]

Mr. Hutton

During the process of devolving more power and responsibility to primary care trusts, the national health service must remain focused on meeting local health needs. To ensure that this happens, all regional offices and health authorities have produced business continuity plans.

In the north-west, three project directors are co-ordinating business continuity arrangements across the region, supported by lead managers who have responsibility for monitoring critical areas of business such as winter, cancer and access.