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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:33 am on 19th March 2009.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Shadow Minister (Health) 11:33 am, 19th March 2009

In the early hours of Sunday morning, mindless and vindictive vandalism was committed in my constituency. When my constituents woke up, they found that every road sign that had the words "Hospital" and "A and E" on it had been sprayed out. That was legal, because the primary care trust had instructed the highways authority to do it. The vindictive and mindless vandalism that took place was the closure of my acute hospital in the middle of the night. The A and E department, intensive care and the stroke, cardiac, maternity and all other acute services were closed on Saturday night. Can we have a Secretary of State come here for a debate about why so many facilities are closing round the country?

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