HC Deb 20 July 1970 vol 804 cc32-3
70. Mr. Costain

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is aware that there is concern among the local authorities in Folkestone and Hythe constituency that they have no representation on the regional hospital management board, and decisions have been made on the future development of hospital services without any official notification to them; and if he will take steps to remedy the position.

Mr. Alison

Members of regional hospital boards and hospital management committees are not appointed as representatives of particular bodies or interests. I am aware of the local concern about future development of the hospital service and will be writing to my hon. Friend. In the meantime I can assure him that there are no plans to close the Royal Victoria Hospital, Folkestone.

Mr. Costain

While thanking my hon. Friend for that reply, may I ask whether he is prepared to meet a delegation, with a view to explaining the matter personally?

Mr. Alison

I would certainly view most sympathetically any representations made by my hon. Friend.