BUSINESS QUESTION – NEW FOREST PCT – 9 June 2005
Dr Julian Lewis: May we have an urgent statement from the Health Secretary on the catastrophic state of affairs regarding the New Forest Primary Care Trust? With a multi-million pound deficit, it is finding excuses to close down in-patient beds in cottage hospitals. It is threatening to close all those beds. It promised a consultation exercise. It has not held it, yet it has reduced the options from five to two - one is that it will close most of the beds, and the other that it will close all the beds. This is a total breach of faith with the people of the New Forest. It is a scandal, and we urgently need an investigation.
[The Leader of the House of Commons (Mr Geoffrey Hoon): The hon. Gentleman is not known for his modest use of language, and I am not personally familiar with the circumstances in the particular Trust that he describes, but I am looking forward to reading his speech in the Adjournment debate that he may apply for, when I will learn a great deal more about the issue.]