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Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital

Volume 169: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many orthopaedic patients from the Crewe and Nantwich constituency are receiving continuing care from the Agnes Hunt orthopaedic hospital;(2) how many patients received specialist care from the Agnes Hunt orthopaedic hospital in 1989–90; and how many were from outside the Shropshire area.

In the year ending 31 March 1989 there were 5,956 completed patient stays on wards in the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt orthopaedic hospital. Data for 1989–90 are not yet available. Information about the districts of residence of those patients is not held centrally. The hon. Member may wish to contact the chairman of Shropshire health authority, who may be able to provide more detailed information.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what talks he is having with the relevant health authorities in relation to the future of the Agnes Hunt orthopaedic hospital, in order to ensure continuing access to its specialist skills for patients.