§ Mrs. Jeger
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent proposals she has received from the Camden and Islington Area Health Authority about the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital; and if she can make a statement about the future of the hospital.
§ Dr. Owen
The Camden and Islington Area Health Authority (T) has informed my right hon. Friend of its proposal, which is subject to the North East Thames Regional Health Authority's agreement and her approval. They propose, given assurance of resources, to discuss with community health councils, appropriate local authorities and other interested bodies, retention of the hospital on its present site in a rationalised form but without a separate maternity home, 429W until it can be incorporated within a future district general hospital development.
The implications of this proposal to commence discussions are now being carefully considered. No final decision will be taken by my right hon. Friend until the views of the regional health authority have been received.