HC Deb 18 March 2003 vol 401 cc667-8W
Mr. Mates

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether emergency surgery facilities will remain at the Royal Hampshire county hospital in Winchester to support a consultant—led accident and emergency service. [102890]

Ms Blears

Our policy of "Shifting the Balance of Power" means that the configuration of local services is a matter for the local national health service, working in partnership with its local community.

The future of services across Hampshire is currently under discussion in a local consultative process called "Healthfit" As this is a matter for the local community it would be inappropriate for Ministers to comment further at this time.