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Long Reach Hospital

Volume 975: debated on Wednesday 5 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) whether the Cray Valley hospital has been used as a temporary replacement for Long Reach hospital since 1974; and whether this arrangement continues officially;(2) what has been the cost to date of the work connected with the replacement of Long Reach hospital at a site adjacent to Joyce Green hospital, Dartford;(3) whether all work connected with the replacement of Long Reach hospital at a site adjacent to Joyce Green hospital, Dartford, has now officially ceased;(4) what has been the cost to date, if any, of utilising Cray Valley hospital as a temporary alternative to Long Reach hospital.

:Cray Valley hospital has been available as a temporary replacement for Long Reach smallpox hospital since the beginning of 1975 and still continues as such. Work on the site adjoining Joyce Green hospital ceased early in 1977.As regard costs, responsibility for managing the Long Reach hospital replacement scheme at the site adjoining Joyce Green hospital and for administering Cray Valley hospital rests with the regional and area health authorities respectively. My hon. Friend may wish to approach the health authorities direct for the information he seeks.