§ Mr. Hutton
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not visited Kidderminster General Hospital in the recent past. When I visited Kidderminster on 28 May, I met the following people:
- Mrs. A. Brinton, Chairman, Kidderminster Health Care NHS Trust (KHCT)
- Mrs. C. Wells, Chief Executive, KHCT
- Mrs. C. Playn, Director of Operations and Nursing, KHCT
- Mr. N. Ahmed, Medical Director, KHCT
- Mr. C. Tallents, Clinical Director for Surgery, KHCT
- Mr. K. Poyntz, Surgery Directorate Manager, KHCT
- Mrs. J. Matthews, Nurse Specialty Manager, KHCT
- Dr. A. Miller, Clinical Director for Medicine, KHCT
- Mrs. C. Jones, Medical Records Manager, KHCT
- Sister W. Hayes, KHCT
- Mr. N. Kumar, Accident and Emergency Consultant, KHCT
- Sister M. Steadman, KHCT
- Mr. C. Bexley, Director of Information, KHCT
- Dr. J. Ball, Chairman, Health Concern Worcestershire
- Dr. R. Taylor, Chairman, Save Kidderminster Hospital Campaign
- Mr. F. Baillie, Independent Councillor, Wyre Forest Council
- Mr. D. Barton, Independent Councillor, Wyre Forest Council
- Ms M. Shineton, Independent Councillor, Bridgnorth Council, South Shropshire.
§ Mr. Gill
To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what notice was given to local interest groups in advance of his recent visit to Kidderminster hospital; 
- (2) what assessment he made prior to his visit to Kidderminster of the availability of local interest groups for meetings; 
- (3) which (a) persons and (b) organisations representing communities in Shropshire he met when he visited Kidderminster hospital. 
§ Mr. Hutton
My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has not visited Kidderminster General Hospital in the recent past. The purpose of my visit to Kidderminster on 28 May was twofold: to visit Kidderminster Hospital following a commitment to the hon. Member for Wyre Forest in an adjournment debate and to participate in the national announcement of new funding for accident and emergency services from the modernisation fund.
The visit was organised at short notice due to the latter. Despite this, local interest groups were invited to attend, and I met a delegation including the Chairman of Health Concern, the Chairman of the Save Kidderminster Hospital Campaign and Councillors from Wyre Forest District Council.
I also met Ms M. Shineton, an independent councillor from Bridgnorth council, who represented the community of South Shropshire.