HC Deb 19 June 1979 vol 968 cc520-1W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the proposed closure of Leasowe hospital and its rheumatology treatment and research unit; and if he plans to retain this specialist hospital to care for victims of arthritis and rheumatism.

Dr. Vaughan

Planning for the future use of Health Service buildings and facilities is a matter for the appropriate health authorities. I understand that, in accordance with departmental guidance, the Wirral area health authority intends to produce a consultative document proposing the closure of Leasowe hospital. The future of the hospital will depend on the outcome of the authority's consultations. The proposal would be referred to my right hon. Friend for a decision if the area and regional health authorities wished to sustain it in the face of opposition from the community health council. In that event he would take the views put forward by the council fully into account.

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