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Hospital Closures

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 24 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what meetings (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department have had with (i) the former Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority, (ii) the South West Strategic Health Authority, (iii) West Gloucestershire Primary Care Trust and (iv) Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to discuss hospital closures in Gloucestershire; and if she will place in the Library copies of the records of those meetings. (92348)

On July 25, during a visit to the NHS South West area, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health and Sir lan Carruthers, then chief executive of the national health service, had a meeting at Cirencester. The meeting was with local stakeholders including representatives from NHS organisations in the Gloucestershire area.

On 10 July my hon. Friend the Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham) the Minister of State for Health, had a meeting in Richmond House with the chair and interim chief executive of the new NHS South West.

On 21 September, during a visit to North Bristol Hospitals NHS Trust, I had a meeting with the chief executive of the NHS South West and interim chief executive of the NHS South West.

During these meetings, a range of issues were discussed, including the public consultation from 12 June to 4 September on reconfiguration of services in Gloucestershire.