Acute Hospital Services

Part of Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 2:36 pm on 21st February 2007.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning) 2:36 pm, 21st February 2007

I am enjoying the Secretary of State's Pollyanna-like vision of health care in this country, and it is striking that she takes the example of investment in Dudley, where there are two Labour marginal seats. In Surrey, how are patients better served when an accident and emergency unit is likely to close at Frimley Park hospital, the Royal Surrey or St. Peter's? How will care be closer to patients if cuts are made there simply in order to meet the right hon. Lady's budgetary criteria and in flagrant defiance of patients' needs?