HL Deb 09 November 1987 vol 489 cc1281-2WA
The Countess of Mar

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will institute an independent inquiry into circumstances of the decision of Mr. John Guy, orthopaedic consultant at Worcester Royal Informary, to write to the patients on his waiting lists in autumn 1986 informing them that, because of a lack of funding in the Worcester Health District, he would be unable to undertake elective orthopaedic surgery.

Lord Skelmersdale

No. The Government have been assured that the letter in question misrepresented the situation. The responsibility for the provision of orthopaedic services rests in the first instance with local management, and the noble Countess may wish to write for detailed information to the Chairman of the Worcester and District Health Authority.