New Building (Voluntary Funds)

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th November 1960.

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Photo of Dr Donald Johnson Dr Donald Johnson , Carlisle 12:00 am, 28th November 1960

asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to encourage voluntary help in the raising of funds towards the financing of projects for new hospitals or new hospital departments.

Photo of Mr Enoch Powell Mr Enoch Powell , Wolverhampton South West

It is my hope that all concerned with the development of the hospital service will not fail to make full use of contributions towards it which voluntary funds may offer.

Photo of Dr Donald Johnson Dr Donald Johnson , Carlisle

Is my right hon. Friend aware of the general impression that voluntary funds for hospitals can be used only for purposes not directly connected with the running of the hospitals, such as patients' comforts? Will he take all possible steps to dispel this impression?

Photo of Mr Enoch Powell Mr Enoch Powell , Wolverhampton South West

I hope that my hon. Friend's Question and my reply will help to do that.

Photo of Dr Edith Summerskill Dr Edith Summerskill , Warrington

In view of the fact that successful voluntary effort depends on local circumstances, does not the right hon. Gentleman think that there should be some central supervision in order that all hospitals may be treated equitably?

Photo of Mr Enoch Powell Mr Enoch Powell , Wolverhampton South West

What I have said is not inconsistent with the necessity for central supervision.