Acute Hospital Services

Part of Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 3:16 pm on 21st February 2007.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Shadow Secretary of State for Health 3:16 pm, 21st February 2007

I am about to finish, but I would be interested to hear the hon. Gentleman's answer to my question when he winds up the debate.

We certainly need a democratic local voice to reclaim our health service from a centralised approach that ignores local opinion on major changes of this kind. This is a flawed process, and the Government need to think again. They need to do, in reality, what the Secretary of State claimed was happening in her interview with the BBC last October. She knows, and the Government know, that the reality is very different, and that the centralised approach that they are dictating simply is not working and is being rejected by members of the public across the land.