§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The Liverpool health authority is discussing a number of options for the future long-term pattern of health services in Liverpool. Because it is forecast that there will continue to be a fall in the population served by the authority, its revenue allocation will of course be reduced by the regional health authority over the next decade. The future of Rathbone hospital is being considered as part of the forward look. No decisions have yet been taken. Once the health authority has approved a draft long-term strategy, all interested parties locally will be consulted on it.