The Welsh Affairs Committee announces a short inquiry into Cross-border health arrangements between England and Wales, to follow-up its previous 2009 report on this matter.
Since the Committee last examined this issue, there has been increasing divergence between the healthcare systems of England and Wales, which has implications for patients in border areas who rely on healthcare facilities on the other side of the border.
In April 2013 the NHS Wales and NHS Commissioning Board England agreed a Protocol for Cross-border Healthcare Services (PDF 368KB) to ensure smooth and efficient interaction between the NHS on either side of the England-Wales border, but it is not clear how well this has been functioning to date.
The Silk Commission has also made recommendations to improve cross-border health delivery, and the Government is preparing its response.
The Committee is also conducting a web forum to hear the experiences of patients who rely on services on the other side of the border and the views of medical professionals and social care practitioners.