§ Mr. Moyle
After careful consideration, I have agreed to the closure of Seaham Hall Hospital. It is neither 335W required for its present use, for which better provision has been made, nor is it suitable for the alternative uses suggested by the organisations which were consulted over its proposed closure. Moreover the funds which would be needed to maintain it for these alternative uses are better deployed elsewhere within the area and particularly at the new Sunderland District General Hospital. I appreciate that my decision will be a great disappointment to many local people who value the attractive buildings. I am actively seeking to find a use for the premises outside the National Health Service so that they may continue to benefit the local community.