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Acute Health Services (East Kent)

Part of Orders of the Day — Delegated Legislation – in the House of Commons at 12:52 am on 14th February 2000.

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Photo of Michael Howard Michael Howard Conservative, Folkestone and Hythe 12:52 am, 14th February 2000

Has my hon. Friend seen the recent letter written to the chief executive of the East Kent hospitals NHS trust by Mr. Paul Watkins, chairman of the South East Kent community health council, in which Mr. Watkins asks that the implementation of the proposals in "Tomorrow's Health Care" be deferred until the Secretary of State has devised the national strategy that he has promised on the number of beds to be provided in the NHS? Does my hon. Friend think that that suggestion by Mr. Watkins has some merit?