HC Deb 14 December 1987 vol 124 c397W
Mr. Cohen

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services for what reason Whipps Cross hospital has been placed on red warning for admissions; what are the implications for services(a) now and (b) during the rest of the winter; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Currie

Waltham Forest health authority is responsible for services at Whipps Cross hospital. I am advised that it has recently had to make some restrictions on admission because of increased winter pressure, staff shortages, and a ward closed for the decant of patients for the start of phase I of the redevelopment of the hospital.