Government warned over closure of hospitals
Wednesday 23 December 1992
During a speech to an Institute of Health Services Management conference yesterday, Sir Bernard warned that any strategy should avoid, if possible, a number of closures coming together.
But he added later that if Virginia Bottomley, Secretary of State for Health, accepted his recommendations they could take up to a decade to implement, particularly if some of the changes required new building work.
However, he also said it was essential that the Government weighed the decision with great care. 'If you take a decision that a hospital is going to close it would be extremely difficult to go back. The process needs to be managed extremely carefully.'
Sir Bernard welcomed the consultation process now being conducted by Dr Brian Mawhinney, Minister for Health, who is canvassing views and objections among all the hospitals affected by the report's proposals before a final decision is made in January.
'Those affected who do not believe it to be correct must come up with their own proposals,' he said. 'They must contend the process and I would entirely agree with that.'
But he issued a blunt warning to Mrs Bottomley that it was not feasible that the Government should take no action, as primary and community health care would deteriorate further. 'Problems in the general practices and community care would worsen. As in-patient stays decrease a number of major hospitals would become non-viable,' he said.
- 2 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 4 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
General Election 2015: Fishing is on Nigel Farage's mind as he casts a line to the disaffected of Grimsby
The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
Indonesia executions: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford will refuse to wear a blindfold when she faces firing squad
Oxygen-starved 'dead zones' with no marine life up to 100-miles long discovered in the Atlantic Ocean
Russian warships accused of 'chasing away' Swedish vessel to prevent Baltic States from achieving energy independence
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
£28000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Digital Marketing Cons...
£16640 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An Assistant Stores Keeper is r...
£16000 - £18500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an excellent opportunit...
£17000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Developer required to join a bu...