HC Deb 07 February 1978 vol 943 c557W
M. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give an assurance that his Department will oppose any proposals to close any of the small general or maternity hospitals in the Christchurch or Lymington area.

Mr. Moyle

Where there is local agreement following consultation under the procedures laid down by my Department, responsibility for deciding to close a hospital generally rests with the area health authority. Where the community health council opposes a proposal no closure can take place without my right hon. Friend's approval. Each case is considered carefully on its merits.