Acute Hospital Services

Part of Opposition Day — [6th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 4:03 pm on 21st February 2007.

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Photo of Frank Cook Frank Cook Labour, Stockton North 4:03 pm, 21st February 2007

I accept the statement of opinion that is being given —[ Laughter. ] I do not find this amusing at all, funnily enough. Is the House simply interested in ridiculing the efforts that are being made to provide medical aid to patients?

Let us look at the principle: as one hospital builds up its services, the others will run down their services. That has got to happen. There will be in place primary care, with the paramedics, nurse practitioners and the general practitioners in their health clinics. Secondary care will be provided in the Stockton hospital of North Tees and Hartlepool general hospital, which will take care of less acute need. Tertiary specialist care will provided in the new hospital—[Hon. Members: "No."] Well, that is what reconfiguration means in my head, and it makes sense to me.