CONSERVATIVE
New Forest East

HEALTH – LYMINGTON HOSPITAL – 26 June 2001

Dr Julian Lewis: How many PFI projects are awaiting his approval?

[SUPPLEMENTARY:] Does the Minister [John Hutton] recall that, last year, the NHS executive pulled the plug on two PFI proposed community hospitals, one in Sheppey and one at Lymington? Since then, the Sheppey project has been built as a publicly-funded hospital, but nothing has happened with regard to the hospital at Lymington, which is desperately needed to serve the New Forest area. Could the difference in treatment be explained by the fact that the hospital in Sheppey was in a Labour marginal seat and the one in the New Forest area was not?