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[Dr William McCrea in the Chair] — Hospital Services (South London)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 9:59 am on 22nd January 2013.

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Photo of Jim Dowd Jim Dowd Labour, Lewisham West and Penge 9:59 am, 22nd January 2013

Should I catch your eye later, Dr McCrea, I will address the four principles in more detail.

Simon Hughes says that the Secretary of State’s predecessor set up the four tests, but does he not accept that one of the previous Secretary of State’s first acts just after the 2010 general election was to suspend the implementation of the “A Picture of Health” process that the South London Healthcare NHS Trust was undertaking? I am not saying that the process would necessarily have led to success, but its suspension undeniably made the trust’s task unbelievably more difficult.