§ Ms Rachel Squire
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect on accident and emergency services across the city of Belfast of the Eastern health board's acute services proposals.
§ Mr. Hanley
The Eastern health and social services board is currently consulting the public about its proposal for acute hospital services and has not yet therefore reached decisions. However, I know that the board regards as a high priority the need to ensure that high-quality accident and emergency services will continue to be available and will take this into account in reaching its conclusions.