HC Deb 15 April 1948 vol 449 cc1158-9
66. Mr. Platts-Mills

asked the Minister of Health what representations he has received regarding the proposed closing down of the Almeric-Paget Clinic, Thoresby Street, N.1; whether he is aware that this clinic caters for patients living in Islington, Finsbury and Shoreditch: and what action he proposes to take.

Mr. Bevan

Local patients have written to me about this clinic which is being closed by the trustees. I have no power to prevent closure, but the Regional Hospital Board for the area know the position and will take account of the need when they become responsible for hospital services on 5th July.

Mr. Platts-Mills

I understood the Minister to say that the trustees were closing this place on their own initiative, but is the Minister aware that they are issuing to all patients a leaflet which, quite unambiguously, says that the clinic is being closed as a consequence of the taking over by the State of the health services? Will he take steps to discourage the trustees from abusing the Government behind their backs, and in view of the fact that this clinic provides very valuable physiotherapy services for people in Islington, Finsbury and Shoreditch, would he encourage the trustees to keep the place open?

Mr. Bevan

In regard to the latter part of the supplementary question, I will certainly try to ensure that continuity of service is observed. With regard to the first part, people in this country have a right to abuse the Government and I must say that they take advantage of it.

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