Minister tells Neil Parish community hospitals should have a ‘central role’ – will he give the CCG the message and, more importantly, the funding?

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The Minister of State for Health, Edward Argar MP said in response to a question from Parish:

‘Community hospitals are a hugely valuable and valued part of our health and care system. As we have seen during the pandemic, they have played a vital role in providing intermediate care for patients not yet well enough to return home and play a much broader role year-in year-out to the communities they serve. While it is for local communities to make decisions on specific local services, we are clear that our community hospitals should continue to play a central role in healthcare provision for many years to come.’

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