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Hospital Closures

Volume 931: debated on Monday 9 May 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the consultative machinery set up to consider hospital closures; and if he will make a statement.

My Department has issued guidance to health authorities on procedures to be followed for proposed closures, including arrangements for consultation. I am sending my hon. Friend a copy. The procedures generally are operating satisfactorily, but if my hon. Friend is concerned about consultation arrangements in any particular case, I shall be glad to consider the position if he will let me have details.