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Royal Hampshire County Hospital, Winchester

Volume 401: debated on Tuesday 18 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether emergency surgery facilities will remain at the Royal Hampshire county hospital in Winchester to support a consultant—led accident and emergency service. [102890]

Our policy of "Shifting the Balance of Power" means that the configuration of local services is a matter for the local national health service, working in partnership with its local community.

The future of services across Hampshire is currently under discussion in a local consultative process called "Healthfit" As this is a matter for the local community it would be inappropriate for Ministers to comment further at this time.