§ Mr. Lansley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health which NHS trusts do not follow Department of Health guidance on short notice appointments; and what action he plans to take. 
§ Mr. Hutton
We expect all national health service organisations to comply with waiting times guidance on reasonable offers of an appointment or an offer of admission. issued in dataset change notice 07/2003, February 2003. As part of its recent spot-check exercise, the Audit Commission found a small number of trusts were not fully complying with this guidance. Issues identified by the spot-checks will be addressed in action plans agreed between local auditors and trusts.