§ Mr. Gwilym Roberts
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will initiate discussions with the West Midlands regional health authority and the Mid-Staffordshire area health authority with the aim of ensuring that the proposed Cannock community hospital is commenced in 1983–84 as projected; and if he will make a statement.
§ Dr. Vaughan
No. The West Midlands regional health authority and the Staffordshire area health authority are in close contact about this scheme, which is programmed to start in mid 1984. They are well aware of my concern that work should commence as soon as possible but first need to examine carefully the feasibility of siting additional services on the Cannock community hospital site.