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Adjournment debate

Philip Hollobone, Conservative MP for Kettering, led the adjournment debate on the future of Kettering Hospital on 9 November 2012.

Mr Hollobone praised the dedication of staff at the hospital, saying it was deeply embedded in the community.

Mr Hollobone raised serious concerns about the Healthier Together review into local health services, saying it would be "completely unacceptable to everyone in Kettering" for the hospital to be downgraded.

He admitted that the hospital had failed to meet targets for treating A&E patients, but said the increase in local population was to blame for the rise in people seeking treatment.

Health Minister Daniel Poulter answered, confirming that A&E and maternity services were safe at Kettering. When pressed by Labour's Lillian Greenwood he reiterated that there were no plans to downgrade services, calling it "outrageous scaremongering" to suggest otherwise.

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