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Prince Of Wales Hospital

Volume 975: debated on Tuesday 11 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will investigate the refusal of the area health authority to carry out the undertaking that he had previously given that no closure, temporary or otherwise, or peremptory rundown would be permitted so far as the Prince of Wales hospital, London N17, is concerned prior to a full discussion and a ministerial decision; and if he will make a statement as to the current situation.

I assume the hon. Member is referring to the reply my hon. Friend gave him on 24 July which dealt with permanent change of use.—[Vol. 971, c. 119.] The position is that health authorities are required to consult on any proposal to make any substantial variation in health services except when an authority is satisfied that in the interests of the Health Service a decision has to be taken without allowing time for consultation. It is for health authorities to determine what temporary measures are necessary to keep within cash limits this year and the hon. Member may like to seek information on the current situation in the area direct from the Enfield and Haringey area health authority.