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Urology Services (East Kent)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:43 pm on 20th July 2005.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) 4:43 pm, 20th July 2005

I congratulate Mr. Brazier on securing today's debate, and I welcome the presence of Hugh Robertson, who clearly wishes to support his point of view. I acknowledge that they have come to the debate with concerns—whenever there is change in health service provision, people need to be reassured about the reasons for that change and the impact both on staff who provide services and on present and future patients.

I would like to take the opportunity to pay tribute to all the staff, in the area in question and beyond, who are committed to the improvement of local services. I shall talk about the peer review a little later, but it is difficult when there are hospitals that are—