§ Dr. Owen
None. At the beginning of June the Liverpool Area Health Authority (Teaching) issued a consultative document, "The framework for an Area Strategic Plan 1976–86". This includes reference to its decision to explore the possibility of rationalising services in obstetrics and gynaecology, including the closure of Mill Road Maternity Hospital. It is being considered by the Area Joint Conference, on which the various staff interests, including the National Union of Public Employees, are represented.
§ Mr. Parry
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) what is the anticipated number of redundancies amongst nursing staff if the Liverpool Mill Road Hospital is closed;
(2) what is the anticipated number of redundancies of ancillary staff if the Liverpool Mill Road Maternity Hospital is closed;
(3) what is the anticipated number of redundancies of clerical and administrative staff if the Liverpool Mill Road Hospital closes;
(4) what is the anticipated number of craftsmen who will be redundant if the Liverpool Mill Road Hospital closes.
§ Dr. Owen
The Liverpool Area Health Authority (Teaching) has for some time been considering the implications of the low bed occupancy in maternity units and hospitals in the area. As the first stage in rationalising maternity services, two wards were closed at Mill Road Maternity Hospital on 1st August 1976. Further opportunities for reducing the facilities there arc being considered, and the authority proposes to begin early consultations with the clinical staff, the staff organisations, the University of Liverpool and the community health councils concerned, in order to consider the implications of phasing out all the facilities at that hospital.