Facilities, Goole

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

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Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole 12:00 am, 13th December 1954

asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware of the inadequate hospital facilities in Goole; and what proposals he has to improve them.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

I understand that the regional hospital board has recently reviewed the hospital services in this and other areas. It has concluded that, with the completion of capital works at West-field Hospital early next year and projects which it hopes to include in its capital programme in the next two years at Longwood, Bartholomew and St. John's Hospitals, the main deficiencies, as compared with other areas, will have been made good.

Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole

Does the Minister appreciate that many would-be patients in Goole have at present to travel to Leeds, which is a journey of two hours by bus, and that there are many complaints also about the long waiting list at Goole?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

I will examine that, but the answer I have just given, which is based on information from my regional board, would seem to indicate that Goole is doing reasonably well in comparison with most areas covered by that regional board.