§ Mr. Cummings
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if, as a result of the proposed reorganisation of the Durham, Hartlepool and Sunderland health authorities, he envisages that there will be a general increase in the distance travelled by patients to and from centres for treatment.
§ Mr. Freeman
No. I understand that for all general hospital services there is no proposed change in the centre of treatment with the exception of mental illness services for the population of north Easington where the distance travelled will be significantly reduced.