Harlow New Town

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1954.

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Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton 12:00 am, 13th May 1954

asked the Minister of Health when it is anticipated that a hospital will be built and made available at Harlow New Town; and whether the plans include provision for a special children's ward and a modern health clinic.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

The scheme will begin as soon as it can be fitted into the capital programme. I am informed that the Regional Hospital Board's plans include a children's department and consultative clinics, and that a health centre is to be provided on an adjoining site by the responsible authorities.

Photo of Mr Reginald Sorensen Mr Reginald Sorensen , Leyton

Can the Minister say exactly when these two very important departments are likely to be opened?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

No, I cannot. It is a question of priorities and essentially one for the regional hospital board. There are a great many other similar problems, perhaps even more urgent, in, for example, the Hatfield-Welwyn area, that have to be taken into account.