HC Deb 19 July 1977 vol 935 cc402-3W
20. Mr. Loyden

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what representations have been made to him by the Liverpool Community Health Council about cuts and hospital closures.

Mr. Moyle

The Liverpool Central and Southern Community Health Council asked me in a telegram sent on 24th June to meet it to discuss its concern that extra money should be provided for the health services in Liverpool. In my reply I referred to assurances that I had received from the Chairman of the Mersey Regional Health Authority and the Liverpool Area Health Authority that there would be full consultation with the community health councils and other interests both over the area health authority's proposals for short-term savings and over its longer-range plans for rationalising services in Liverpool. I said that I did not think a meeting with me in advance of this full consultation would be helpful, but that if subsequently there remained points on which the community health council was dissatisfied I should be willing to consider them.

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