Acute Hospital Services

Part of Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 1:54 pm on 21st February 2007.

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Photo of Paul Truswell Paul Truswell Labour, Pudsey 1:54 pm, 21st February 2007

The hon. Gentleman talks about Leeds, but can he understand why his words ring somewhat hollow with people on this side of the House? Under the Conservatives, six hospitals in Leeds were closed: Killingbeck, St. George's, Marguerite Hepton, Roundhay maternity, Woodland orthopaedic and The Grove. Deficits were just as large in percentage terms and they were dealt with not only by closing hospitals and wards, but by keeping patients waiting longer and longer. Does he acknowledge that?