Does my right hon. Friend think that a hospital with admittedly inadequate casualty accommodation and with its staff below complement can really cope with the needs of 300,000 people for fifteen hours a day? I welcome the long-term proposals, but cannot my right hon. Friend do something in the short-term to improve the position?
I know of my hon. Friend's concern. He has written to my predecessor about it on a number of occasions. As to the short-term, if the detailed plans to which I referred are accepted by the board he will be happy to know that the extension will probably be available early in the new year.