§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the future of the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson hospital.
§ Dr. Vaughan
In June last year, the Government announced that the future of this hospital was assured. Agreement has now been reached on the first phase of the redevelopment and a project team has362W begun detailed planning so that rebuilding can begin later this year. I should like to pay a special tribute to the staff and supporters of the hospital and the officers of the health authorities.
The first phase will contain a specially designed "Well-Woman Clinic" to provide a screening service which is urgently needed, a wide range of out-patient clinics and 40 gynaecological beds. We shall seek to provide additional facilities as furtherfunds become available.
I am grateful for the help that I have received from the hon. Member and other hon. Members and particularly for the efforts made by my hon. Friend the Member for Hampstead (Mr. Finsberg).