§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether maternity services will be included as part of the core services to be provided by self-governing hospitals.
§ Mr. Mellor
[holding answer 21 June 1989]: Exactly what core services different self-governing hospitals will provide will vary according to the facilities that they have available, the services other local hospitals provide and local requirements. Where, however, a self-governing hospital can best provide maternity services to which patients need guaranteed local access, it will be required to do so.