HC Deb 10 March 1988 vol 129 c345W
Mr. Cartwright

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps he will take to prevent Greenwich health authority from changing the use of the Memorial hospital, Woolwich, before the consultation exercise has been completed.

Mrs. Currie

Formal procedures involving public consultation govern the action of a health authority proposing a substantial variation in services provided within its district. However, the same procedures empower an authority to institute these changes on a temporary basis immediately and in advance of formal consultation where justified on financial grounds. I understand that Greenwich health authority is aware of these requirements and has formulated its proposals in accordance with them.