the NHS cuts I reported here, and first reported by the Independent newspaper.
The reality, said Mr Slaughter, was that Imperial Healthcare Trust has to make 5% year on year cuts over a period of the next 5 years - a quarter of its overall budget. How did that square, Mr Slaughter wanted to know, with the Government's pledge not to cut health services?
The Prime Minister was withering in his response, quoting Labour's new Health spokesperson Andy Burnham MP, who had apparently said that it was "irresponsible to increase NHS spending in real terms". Mr Cameron said that he and his Government disagreed, and sat down to rowdy cheers from the Conservative benches.
What this shows is two things - first, you should never expect a politician to answer a question - the cuts here are clearly very real and the prospect of Charing Cross Hospital either being closed altogether or the A&E Department being lost is causing H&F Council to fight against it. Second it demonstrates that this is now set to be an issue that stands to affect all of us and will take centre stage in the debate in months to come.