§ Dame Joan Vickers
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in view of the quality of the work undertaken at Didworthy Hospital and the shortage of beds in the South-West, if he will have a thorough investigation made before considering the possibility of closing this hospital.
§ Mr. Alison
This hospital is temporarily closed due to staff shortage. Before making any recommendation to my right hon. Friend to close it permanently, the South-Western Regional Hospital Board will carry out full local consultations.