HC Deb 15 September 2004 vol 424 cc1425-6 10.18 pm
Dr. Andrew Murrison (Westbury) (Con)

I have been asked by Councillor Chris Watt to present a petition that he has raised and that has been signed by 1,103 people in the area served by the Royal United hospital Bath.

The petition states:

To the House of Commons. The Petition of the "Clear the Debt Campaign" declares That the Royal United Hospital Bath has debt of £24.8 million, which it may have to pay back to the Government at a future date. The Petitioners further declare that if the hospital is required to repay the money, cuts for local health services in the Bath area will be necessary; and that cancellation of the debt would remove uncertainty surrounding local health services and future cuts. The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urge the Secretary of State for Health to review the requirement that the debt incurred by the Royal United Hospital Bath be recovered. And the Petitioners remain, etc. To lie upon the Table.

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