Keith Vaz (Leicester East, Labour)
I accept that point, and that is why I want the centre to stay at Goodwood—near the general hospital and next to a major intersection that links Nottingham to Leicester, and the A46 to the A47, which goes to Peterborough. I cannot understand why it will be removed and why we are merging ambulance services. We are, in a sense, misleading people into believing that the proposals are for consultation, while at the same time advertising the top jobs for the new ambulance service in national newspapers. Like other hon. Members, I have seen such advertisements appear at the same time as we are talking about consulting with local people. I hope that my hon. Friend the Minister will bear that in mind.
I am a loyal Back Bencher. I am loyal to this Government, who were elected on a Labour party manifesto. I have great affection for, and am a great supporter of, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health, who will be a great holder of that office, judging by the White Paper that she introduced last week. But even I am tempted not to support the Government on reorganisation, because of the effects that it will have on local people. I ask Ministers to remember what we did to the national health service university. We created a wonderful organisation and then, a few years later, abolished it, leaving a lot of skilled people without jobs and taking away an important concept for educating and training people who work in the NHS. I ask my hon. Friend the Minister to respond to my points and also give me an assurance that further consultation will be held on those issues, and that local people will be listened to in Leicester and throughout the country.