Carley Reavill

– in the House of Commons at 4:31 pm on 20th February 1992.

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Photo of Dr Jack Cunningham Dr Jack Cunningham Shadow Leader of the House of Commons 4:31 pm, 20th February 1992

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. During Prime Minister's Questions today my hon. Friend the Member for Leeds, Central (Mr. Fatchett) put to the Prime Minister a question concerning the appalling tragedy that had befallen Carley Reavill. May we have it on the record that the Prime Minister seems to have been misadvised about this tragic case? Dr. Alison Shurtz has confirmed that Carley was diagnosed as having meningitis shortly after arrival at Queen Elizabeth II hospital, and she would have been transferred to another hospital if an intensive paediatric care bed had been available. Dr. Duncan Matthews, of the Great Ormond Street hospital, has said that critically ill children are being denied intensive care treatment because there is not any money to make beds available. It was the shortage of beds, caused by the shortage of funding in the national health service, that led to this appalling tragedy.

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

This is not a point of order for me. It seems to be a continuation of Question Time.

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

Try to make it a point of order for me.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Dickens Mr Geoffrey Dickens , Littleborough and Saddleworth

Do you. Mr. Speaker, think that it would be helpful to you and to the House to know where that information came from so that a judgment might be made?

Photo of Mr Bernard Weatherill Mr Bernard Weatherill , Croydon North East

I do not think that it would be helpful to me. This is not a point of order for me.