Hospitals (Dyfed Powys)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th February 1997.

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Photo of Mr Gwilym Jones Mr Gwilym Jones , Cardiff North 12:00 am, 17th February 1997

As the hon. Gentleman well knows, references to Aberaeron or any other community hospital in Dyfed Powys are purely speculative at the moment and I hope that he will not exaggerate the tendency to speculate. To put in perspective the point that he was trying to make, Dyfed Powys is a prudent health authority. It is anxious that when it projects forward five years it sees an overspending tendency representing less than three-quarters of 1 per cent. of its likely expenditure in the next five years, which is £1.5 billion. That is the order of overspending that it envisages. It is a very prudent health authority, which seeks to ensure that it remains within budget so that, ideally, it has headroom for the further expansion that it wants.