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Hospital Closures

Volume 84: debated on Wednesday 30 October 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) if he will list all those proposed hospital closures since June 1979 which he has overruled;(2) if he will list all proposed hospital closures since May 1979, by region, indicating

(a) whether or not the proposed closure was objected to by the community health council and (b) what was the final outcome.

For hospitals approved for complete closure between May 1979 and 31 March 1985 I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to him by my right hon. and learned Friend the then Minister for Health on 20 May at columns 317–28.Hospitals approved for complete closure between April and 30 June 1985, the latest date for which information is available, are as follows:

RegionDistrict Health AuthorityHospital
North West ThamesSouth BedfordshirePriory
South West ThamesNorth BedfordshirePark
Richmond, Twickenham and RoehamptonWestmoor House
WessexIsle of WightLongford
Following are those hospitals for which proposals for complete closure were referred to Secretary of State for approval because they were opposed by community health councils. The table indicates, by year of decision on approval, which proposals were approved or not approved, or on which a decision was pending at 30 June 1985.
RegionArea/District AuthorityHealthHospital
May to December 1979
YorkshireHumbersideTownend MaternityA
East AnglianNorfolkBowthorpeN
N.W. ThamesKensington, Chelsea and WestminsterSt. ColumbasA
N.E. ThamesCity and East LondonLondon JewishA
Enfield and HaringeyBearstead MemorialA
S.W. ThamesMerton, Sutton and WandsworthHendersonN
NorthernNorth TynesideWillington QuayA
YorkshireWakefieldNewton Lodge AnnexA
Carr GateA
Smedley MemorialA
N.W. ThamesEaling, Hammersmith and HounslowTemple Hill HouseA
BedfordshireDaneswood ConvalescentA
WessexHampshireBarton-on-Sea MaternityN
MerseyLiverpoolRoyal Liverpool Children's, Heswall BranchN
East AnglianNorwichHome Place ConvalescentA
N.W. ThamesBarnetWest HendonA
BrentLeamington ParkA
N.E. ThamesHaringeyPrince of WalesA
S.E. ThamesCamberwellSt. GilesA
S.W. ThamesWandsworthSouth London Hospital for WomenA
South WesternFrenchayWendover MaternityA


Area/District Authority



YorkshireEast YorkshireWoodgates MaternityA
BradfordThornton ViewA
N.W. ThamesHounslow and SpelthorneSt. JohnsA
Paddington and North KensingtonChepstow LodgeA
N.E. ThamesWaltham ForestHartsA
City and HackneyThe MothersA
The GermanA
St. MatthewsA
Tower HamletsMildmay MissionA
OxfordMilton KeynesWestbury MaternityA
West MidlandsWorcester and DistrictSt. WulstansA
MerseyLiverpoolPrinces ParkA
North WesternBuryAinsworthA


YorkshireAiredaleWharfedale ChildrensP
Leeds EasternMarguerite HeptonA
Leeds WesternGrassingtonA
N.W. ThamesNorth BedfordshireParkA
N E. ThamesEnfieldChestnut CottageP
Waltham ForestJubileeP
S.E. ThamesGreenwichSt. NicholasP
Dreadnought SeamansP
West MidlandsSouth WarwickshireMonroe Devis MaternityA
North WesternPrestonFullwood ContinuationA
National Heart and Chest Hospitals Special Health AuthorityBrompton Hospital,* (at Frimley)P
N=Not approved.
P=Decision pending at 30 June.

* Community Health Council Opposition not applicable.