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 Patricia Hewitt Patricia Hewitt Secretary of State, Department of Health 2:36 pm, 21st February 2007

The hon. Gentleman is talking nonsense. He scare-mongered, he campaigned to save a hospital that nobody was planning to close, and he now claims a triumph. As was always going to happen, the local NHS—the strategic health authority—has been looking at hospitals across the region and has presented sensible proposals, on which there will be full local consultation.