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Hartley Hospital, Colne

Volume 129: debated on Thursday 10 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what guidance he gave to the health authorities concerned, pursuant to the written answer to the hon. Member for Burnley on 18 February, Official Report, column 700, on the timing of the closure of the present facilities provided at Hartley hospital, Colne, in relation to (a) the completion of public consultation exercise and (b) provision of the new Pendle community hospital.

None. Guidance on consultation procedures for closures and change of use is contained in circular HSC (1S)207 (October 1975) supplemented by a "Dear Administrator" letter of 7 December 1979 copies of which are in the Library.