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Community Hospitals: Eltham

Health written question – answered on 8th June 2011.

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Photo of Clive Efford Clive Efford Labour, Eltham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health

(1) when he expects the contract to build a new community hospital in Eltham to be let for tender; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what date he has set for the opening of a new community hospital in Eltham; and if he will make a statement;

(3) if he will assess the effects of staffing reductions at Greenwich Teaching Primary Care Trust on the ability of the Trust to (a) plan, monitor and develop health services in the borough and (b) progress development of a new community hospital in Eltham; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

It is for the local national health service to plan and provide services to meet the health needs of its local population. NHS London advises my officials that Greenwich Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT) is currently working with its construction partner the Bromley, Bexley and Greenwich construction company to prepare a Stage 1 Outline Local Improvement Finance Trust (LIFT) business case for approval both by the Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Committee and joint PCT boards in July 2011. I understand that the local NHS will be keeping the hon. Member informed of progress and is happy to answer any questions he has regarding this project.

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