HC Deb 16 December 1970 vol 808 c387W
Mr. Ralph Howell

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when he will be able to clarify the Government's policy towards small hospitals which provide a vital service in the rural districts, in view of the uncertainty which surrounds their future and particularly that of the cottage hospital at Wells-next-the-Sea.

Sir K. Joseph

I understand from the East Anglian Regional Hospital Board that it has no plans for closing Wells and District Cottage Hospital in the foreseeable future. I hope to make a statement on the policy soon.