§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the appropriate authorities with regard to the problems at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt orthopaedic hospital at Oswestry; and if he is satisfied that this hospital is at present being run in a way which meets the needs of patients from Wales who depend upon it.
§ Mr. Grist
Officials of the Department are in touch with appropriate health authorities about the problems at the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt orthopaedic hospital. The current closures are of a temporary nature and hence a matter for the Shropshire health authority. Shropshire health authority has undertaken to consult the Department, Welsh health authorities and other Welsh interests about any proposals for substantial permanent variation in the service provided at the hospital.