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Acute Health Services (East Kent)

Part of Orders of the Day — Delegated Legislation – in the House of Commons at 1:07 am on 14th February 2000.

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Photo of Gisela Stuart Gisela Stuart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) 1:07 am, 14th February 2000

I shall not, in view of the time.

Let me conclude with three assurances for the hon. Gentleman. First, we will ensure that the former Secretary of State's decisions are fully implemented. Secondly, patient safety will not be compromised during the implementation process. The hon. Gentleman was concerned about accident and emergency services and I remind him that, so far, no changes have been made to the services provided in the Kent and Canterbury and none will be made until alternative provisions are in place. Thirdly, robust and adequate services will be put in place in relation not just to accident and emergency, but to all the other services, before there are any changes or any services are transferred.