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Tory Minister refuses to allow questions on A and E crisis

The decision to introduce special measures because of the crisis at local hospitals was raised in The House of Commons today by Mike Gapes MP despite refusal by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to discuss the issue. Mike tried for ten minutes to get the Secretary of State to give way during his speech but the Minister refused to allow his intervention. As a result Mike raised the following point of order.  
Mike Gapes:

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. This information was embargoed until two o’clock today, but following an investigation the Care Quality Commission has put King George hospital Ilford and Queen’s hospital Romford into special measures. I tried several times to intervene on the Secretary of State in order to raise the matter, but he refused to take an intervention from me. I therefore seek your advice: how can I draw attention to the matter and the fact that the previous Secretary of State said that King George’s A and E department would close within two years? That is clearly not happening. There is chaos in my local A and Es, yet the Secretary of State did not let me intervene.

Madam Deputy Speaker (Dawn Primarolo):

Mr Gapes, in terms of getting your argument on the record, you have just done so, although it was not a point of order, as I think you know. As you are fully aware, it is up to the Secretary of State, or any Member of this House, whether they give way to another Member or not. I am sure you will find ways to pursue this matter over the minutes, hours, days and months ahead.

I inform Members that there is a five-minute time limit on all Back-Bench contributions in order to ensure that as many Members as possible can participate in the debate.

2.13 pm


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