Maternity and Geriatric Beds, Glasgow

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th January 1959.

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Photo of Mrs Mary McAlister Mrs Mary McAlister , Glasgow Kelvingrove 12:00 am, 27th January 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he now has anything further to report in relation to an extension of maternity bed accommodation in Glasgow, as this problem is still giving concern to those responsible for the maternity services of the city.

Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Craigton

The regional hospital board is now preparing proposals for further substantial additions to the maternity bed accommodation in Glasgow.

Photo of Mrs Mary McAlister Mrs Mary McAlister , Glasgow Kelvingrove

Whilst thanking the hon. Gentleman for that reply, may I ask whether he is aware that this is causing very grave concern, as I have stated in my Question, and that maternal and infant mortality figures were actually increased in the last M.O.H. Report? Is he aware that I am glad to hear that he is prepared to do something about this matter?

Photo of Mrs Mary McAlister Mrs Mary McAlister , Glasgow Kelvingrove

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many sanatorium beds have been rendered vacant in the Glasgow area as a result of the new techniques in the treatment of tuberculosis; and to what extent he expects that a proportion of these beds will be avail-able soon for geriatric purposes.

Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Craigton

About 120 tuberculosis beds have become redundant in Glasgow in the past year. Of these, 70 have been earmarked for geriatric patients, of which 20 are already in use.

Photo of Mrs Mary McAlister Mrs Mary McAlister , Glasgow Kelvingrove

Whilst again thanking the hon. Gentleman for that reply, may I ask whether he is aware that large numbers of old people are still living in appalling conditions and that they cannot obtain geriatric beds? Is he aware that many of us are being driven to the reluctant conclusion that the Government have only two speeds—dead slow and stop—but that I am glad to know that they are making some progress, though it is not wholly satisfactory?

Photo of Mr Jack Browne Mr Jack Browne , Glasgow Craigton

I assure the hon. Lady that we have these considerations very much in the forefront of our minds.