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Henderson Hospital: Closures

Volume 470: debated on Thursday 10 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had on the planned closure of the Henderson Hospital; and if he will make a statement. (176859)

The Secretary of State for Health, (Alan Johnson) has had no discussions with the local national health service regarding the proposed closure of the Henderson Hospital, as this is a matter for the local NHS.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Care Services the hon. Member for Bury, South (Mr. Lewis) spoke to Peter Houghton, Chief Executive of South West London and St George’s Mental Health National Health Service Trust by telephone regarding the Trust’s proposals to close the Henderson Hospital on 17 December 2007.

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Care Services also met with clinicians from Henderson Hospital, the National Clinical Director for Mental Health, managers from South West London, and St. George’s Mental Health National Health Service Trust, the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow) and the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) on 8 January 2008 to discuss this issue.