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MPs grant sweeping powers to close local hospitals

11 March 2014 Last updated at 23:13 GMT

MPs have voted through a controversial measure that gives England's Health Secretary sweeping powers to close local hospitals, even if they are performing well.

Clause 119 in the Care Bill allows a hospital to be closed or downgraded if a neighbouring trust is struggling financially.

The BBC's health correspondent Branwen Jeffreys reports.