HC Deb 28 January 1985 vol 72 c16W
Mr. Strang

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) when he intends to announce his decision on the proposed closures of Bruntsfield and Deaconess hospitals in Edinburgh;

(2) whether he has had any communication from the Lothian health board about proposed hospital closures; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John MacKay

Lothian health board decided on 10 January to seek the approval of my right hon. Friend for closure of the Bruntsfield and Deaconess hospitals. I understand a formal submission by the board is in course of preparation which I expect to receive shortly.

My right hon. Friend and I shall give careful consideration to the proposals from the health board and the comments and representation made on the suggested closures. It is not possible at present to say when a decision is likely to be announced.