Urgent question on South London Healthcare NHS Trust

08 January 2013

Health Secretary, Mr Jeremy Hunt, responded to an urgent question asked by Dame Joan Ruddock, Labour MP for Lewisham Deptford, in the House of Commons on 8 January 2013 on the Special Administrator's report on South London Healthcare NHS Trust

Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham, responded to the statement on behalf of the Opposition.

South London Healthcare NHS Trust

The question referred to the publication of the final report of the trust special administrator to South London Healthcare NHS Trust and the recommendations contained within the report.

The objective of a Trust Special Administrator appointed to an NHS trust is to develop and consult locally on a draft report, making recommendations to the Secretary of State for Health in a final report about what should happen to the organisation and the services it provides so that quality, sustainable services are delivered to the local health economy.

Urgent questions

At times MPs may want to put an urgent question to a Minister. If a matter of public importance has arisen, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to put forward such a question.

The relevant government department would be informed at once.
If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked after that day’s Question Time.

Once the MP has asked the main question, they are allowed to ask a supplementary question. Other MPs will then be called to ask further questions on the same subject.

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