OrthopÆDic Hospital, Shepherd's Bush.

Oral Answers to Questions — Naval and Military Pensions and Grants. – in the House of Commons on 9th March 1922.

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Photo of Sir Henry Foreman Sir Henry Foreman , Hammersmith North

(by Private Notice) asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware that the time for vacating the Orthopædic Hospital at Shepherd's Bush is drawing near; can he report whether fresh negotiations have been entered into with the guardians on the question of rent; if not, is he prepared to facilitate these negotiations by withdrawing the expression "blackmail," which he used in a reply to a question on this subject some days ago?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

My right hon. Friend is willing to withdraw any expression of his provided he is assured that the State will have the opportunity of continuing to maintain its disabled men in this hospital at a fair and reasonable rent. He is still prepared to stand by the offer of an increased rent which he has already made, and in order to avoid any possible doubt, he is so informing the guardians.

Photo of Sir Henry Harris Sir Henry Harris , Paddington South

If this hospital be closed, will not disabled men suffer?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

I am informed that the alternative hospital is a very good hospital and in better surroundings. [HON. MEMBERS: "No!"] I am so informed by the highest medical authorities we have, but we are prepared to allow them to remain on reasonable terms. I think I ought to inform the House that we have been paying £8,000 a year since we took it over up to the end of last year. We are now willing to give £12,000, but these guardians are asking us for £14,000.

Photo of Mr George Bowyer Mr George Bowyer , Buckingham

Has my hon. and gallant Friend considered the proposal, and if not will he consider it, of letting the Minister of Health arbitrate in the matter and so save this hospital for the ex-service men?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

I think the perfectly simple solution is for the guardians to accept the reasonable and largely increased rent which we have offered them.

Photo of Colonel Josiah Wedgwood Colonel Josiah Wedgwood , Newcastle-under-Lyme

Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware that, although the alternative hospital is suitable for inpatients, it is extremely unsuitable for those who have to attend for treatment?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

My hon. and gallant Friend has made a perfectly good point. It is obvious that we should make provision—and if we move we intend to make provision—for the out-patients, but I have found, on inspecting both this hospital and the hospital at Roehampton, that the Roehampton authorities would regard our move as one bringing out-patients nearer to the work which they are doing.

Photo of Viscountess Nancy Astor Viscountess Nancy Astor , Plymouth, Sutton

Is it not true that the equipment of this hospital is far better than in any other?

Photo of Mr George Tryon Mr George Tryon , Brighton

The equipment can be moved.