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Hospital Closures

Volume 977: debated on Tuesday 29 January 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report a list of those hospitals, hospital units and wards which have been temporarily closed since 3 May 1979, or have been proposed for temporary closure, listing in each case (a) the area health authority responsible, (b) the name of the hospital or unit, (c) the type of accommodation or service provided at that hospital or unit, (d) the number of beds in the total hospital, unit or ward affected and (e) whether he has received any representations opposing each temporary closure proposal.

year and for 1980–81; what is the value of each year's expenditure at 1979 survey prices; and if he will make a statement.

The information for years up to 1979–80 is given in the following table:

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Reporta list of those hospitals, hospital units and wards which have been permanently closed since 3 May 1979, or have been proposed for permanent closure, listing in each case (a) the area health authority responsible, (b) the name of the hospital or unit, (c) the type of accommodation or service provided at that hospital or unit, (d) the number of beds in the total hospital or unit affected, (e) the nature of the variation of service proposed by the area health board, (f) the date at which a formal consultation document was issued by the area health authority, (g) whether or not the proposal was agreed by the area health authority, and (h) the date of decisions by the area health authority, regional health authority, and him.

Information about hospitals, hospital units and wards which have been temporarily closed or proposed for temporary closure is not available centrally. Information about formal consultation documents issued by health authorities during the period I May 197931 December 1979 in respect of proposals for permanent closure in England is as follows:

Region

Area

Hospital/Unit

Type

Beds

Proposal (whole closure or part closure)

Date formal Consultation document issued

Decision (with date) by AHA

(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)
NorthernNone
YorkshireHumbersideWesterlands children's hospitalChildren27WC11·7912·79 Approved
TrentSheffieldWales Court hospitalMental Health79WC9·79
DerbyshireParwich hospitalPre-convalescent47WC10·79
Smedley memorial hospitalPre-convalescent24WC12·79
NottinghamshireAdbolton Hall hospitalGynac26WC12·79
Langwith Lodge diabetic unitDiabetic30WC10·79
Newstead hospitalESMI Geriatric Pre-convalescent162PC (58)10·79
Debdale Hall hospitalPre-convalescent37WC10·79
LincolnshireSkegness and district hospitalAcute Maternity35PC (9)12·79
East AnglianNone
NW ThamesBarnetOrme Lodge hospitalGeriatric22WC6·7912·79 Approved
Stanmore cottage hospitalGeriatric14WC6·7912·79 Approved
Kensington, Chelsea and WestminsterPaddington day hospital at the centre for psycotherapyPsychotherapyPC6·7912·79 Approved
St. Columba's hospitalTerminal Care27WC5·7912·79 Approved
NE ThamesEssexBishop's Stortford and district hospitalAcute53we6·79
SE ThamesLambeth, Southwark and LewishamHolmhurst hospitalGeriatric24WC11·7912·79 Approved
KentJoyce Green hospitalAcute Geriatric621PC (20)9·7912·79

Region

Area

Hospital/Unit

Type

Beds

Proposal (whole closure or part closure)

Date formal Consultation document issued

Decision (with date) by AHA

(a)(b)(c)(d)(e)(f)(g)
SW ThamesSurreySchiff hospitalAcute Geriatric84WC8·7912·79 Approved
WessexNone
OxfordBerkshireCanadian Red Cross memorial hospitalAcute307PC (50)8·7911·79 Approved
South WesternNone
West MidlandsHereford andHolme Lacy hospitalMental Illness84WC5·79
WorcesterStretton Sugwas hospitalPre-convalescent44WC12·79
MerseyWirralLeasowe hospitalAcute123WC7·79
Victoria Central hospital (Surgical Unit)Mainly Acute95WC9·79
Highfield maternity hospitalMaternity47WC9·79
Wallasey hospital for womenGynaecology31WC9·79
North WesternNone

Note:

Only those proposals not agreed by the appropriate community health council have to be referred by the area health authority to the regional health authority and by the regional health authority to the Secretary of State if the former agrees with the area health authority's closure proposal. Of the proposals listed above only one had, at 31st December, been opposed by the community health council, example St Columba's hospital, London, which is under consideration by the North-West Thames regional health authority. The other proposals have been agreed by or are still under consideration by community health councils.