NHS Trusts: Accountability

Part of Delegated Legislation – in the House of Commons at 6:04 pm on 10th July 2018.

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Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning Conservative, Hemel Hempstead 6:04 pm, 10th July 2018

This is a hugely emotive issue. Yes, the excuse was that the centre was closing at night on grounds of patient safety because it could not get a GP there, but it does not take 18 months to turn round and say, “Oh, by the way, the numbers weren’t there in the first place and that’s why we had to close the centre.” That was the excuse 18 months after it had been closed at night times. Whether the numbers are right or not—they are hugely contested by my constituents—it cannot be acceptable that no consultation took place for 18 months.