HEALTH – PCTs & BOGUS CONSULTATIONS – 10 October 2007
Dr Julian Lewis: May I say something to my hon. Friend [Tony Baldry] on the issue of consultation? I know that this debate is about the downgrading of a local general hospital. However, in the New Forest in Romsey, we have been fighting to save our community hospitals. We experienced all the techniques of bogus consultation options. Eventually, after huge public displeasure and demonstrations, which are almost unheard of in our part of the world, the PCT said that it had changed its mind. Even now, it is attempting to convert community hospitals into clinics – to do anything, rather than have in-patient beds. When it comes to democratic opinion, PCTs – sadly – have a great deal to learn.