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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital

Volume 981: debated on Friday 21 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the future of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson hospital.

In June last year, the Government announced that the future of this hospital was assured. Agreement has now been reached on the first phase of the redevelopment and a project team has begun detailed planning so that rebuilding can begin later this year. I should like to pay a special tribute to the staff and supporters of the hospital and the officers of the health authorities.The first phase will contain a specially designed "Well-Woman Clinic" to provide a screening service which is urgently needed, a wide range of out-patient clinics and 40 gynaecological beds. We shall seek to provide additional facilities as furtherfunds become available.I am grateful for the help that I have received from the hon. Member and other hon. Members and particularly for the efforts made by my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead (Mr. Finsberg).