Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, made a statement in the House of Commons on Thursday 11 July 2013 changes at Trafford general hospital and, separately, about the provision of vascular services in Cumbria and Lancashire
Shadow Secretary of State for Health, Andy Burnham, responded on behalf of the Opposition.
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