HC Deb 20 May 1980 vol 985 cc158-9W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the closure of the homoeopathic ward at Mossley Hill hospital; and if he is satisfied that sufficient notice was given to staff and patients; and what alternative facilities are available for patients within the area.

Dr. Vaughan

I discussed the proposal of the Liverpool area health authority (teaching) to close temporarily the homoeopathic ward at Mossley Hill with the authority's chairman on 16 May. There are certain staffing difficulties in relation to that ward, notably the lack of a homoeopathic consultant. We agreed, however, that both out-patient and in-patient services in homoeopathy must be maintained in Liverpool, in line with the Government's undertaking that homoeopathy will continue at existing centres so long as there is a demand for it. The authority will be considering as a matter of urgency how best this can be achieved.