In-patient Admissions

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 12 July 2005.

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Photo of Patricia Hewitt Patricia Hewitt Secretary of State, Department of Health 2:30, 12 July 2005

My hon. Friend makes an extremely important point about accountability. We are strengthening the accountability of NHS hospitals and other trusts to their local communities through the membership and governance structure of foundation trusts and other means for other NHS trusts. May I take the opportunity to congratulate Dewsbury and District hospital in my hon. Friend's constituency? I recently visited the hospital where, in direct response to requests from women in the community, a midwife-led midwifery unit is doing excellent work and has recently won a modernisation award.