New Hospital, Cornwall

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Frank Hayman Mr Frank Hayman , Falmouth and Camborne 12:00 am, 20th July 1959

asked the Minister of Health whether the sketch plans of the proposed new area hospital for Cornwall have yet been finally approved.

Photo of Mr Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South

The sketch plans submitted by the South Western Regional Hospital Board for the first stage of the new hospital have now been approved subject to further consideration of the plans for housing resident staff.

Photo of Mr Frank Hayman Mr Frank Hayman , Falmouth and Camborne

While thanking the Minister for that Answer, for which we have been waiting many years, may I ask how long he thinks it will be before the working plans and bills of quantity are finalised? Will he take into account the statement reported this morning to have been made at the B.M.A. Conference at Edinburgh which states: We are falling behind rapidly in the standards of hospital provision now available in Western Europe"? Will the hon. Gentleman do what he can to enable us to have a good hospital in Cornwall soon?

Photo of Mr Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South

I cannot tell the hon. Gentleman precisely when building work will start, but I am sure that the preparation of working drawings and bills of quantity, which shows a considerable advance on previous progress, will be welcome to him. A considerable task is entailed and there are details of engineering services to be settled, but we are a stage further on and we shall continue to press forward.