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Access to NHS Services

Part of Opposition Day — [15th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 5:18 pm on 3rd July 2007.

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Photo of Barbara Keeley Barbara Keeley PPS (Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC (as Minister for Women)), Leader of the House of Commons 5:18 pm, 3rd July 2007

On access to premises, when I return to my constituency office every week, I see a new local improvement finance trust centre which is nearing completion. That new LIFT centre in Walkden will replace one of the oldest, smallest and most unsuitable GP surgeries—a small terraced house—which is used by some of the most deprived and disadvantaged constituents in Salford. The GP who built that up from scratch years ago in an area of very few GPs put up his plate and built up his list from zero patients. The patients in that disadvantaged area will have access to that wonderful new centre. Does my right hon. Friend agree that for a disadvantaged area to have a fantastic new LIFT centre is a key part of access?