NHS Finances

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:49 am on 14th March 2006.

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Photo of Paul Truswell Paul Truswell Labour, Pudsey 10:49 am, 14th March 2006

I thank my right hon. Friend. If the hon. Members for Banbury (Tony Baldry) and for Beverley and Holderness (Mr. Stuart) had permitted me to intervene, I would have perhaps told them a story that was different from what they were trying to say. For example, in Leeds we have a deficit, which is a problem, but in cash and percentage terms it is certainly lower than the one that was inherited. [Interruption.] The hon. Member for Beverley and Holderness, who is making a comment from a sedentary position, is the great champion of community hospitals, but when his party was in office we saw the closure of St. George's hospital in Leeds, Marguerite Hepton hospital, Roundhay maternity hospital, Woodlands orthopaedic hospital and The Grove convalescent hospital. That was the product of the economic miracle that his party tried to deceive the House into believing existed.