Maternity Beds, Lowestoft

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th July 1964.

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Photo of Mr James Prior Mr James Prior , Lowestoft 12:00 am, 6th July 1964

asked the Minister of Health whether, in view of the recent pronouncement of the East Anglian Regional Hospital Board on the subject of the provision of additional maternity beds at Lowestoft, he is in a position to give a firm date for the new maternity ward to be provided at Great Yarmouth with its consequent improvement to the position at Lowestoft Hospital.

Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Essex South East

Not yet, by the Board is treating it as a matter of urgency.

Photo of Mr James Prior Mr James Prior , Lowestoft

Will my hon. Friend do everything he can in his Department to help the Board get on with this project quickly? It is very badly required. Is my hon. Friend aware of the very serious position on the East Coast at the moment in regard to maternity beds?

Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Essex South East

Yes, Sir. Both my right hon. Friend and I are well aware of the local concern in my hon. Friend's constituency and next door in Great Yarmouth. The project will be a major one and time is needed for the planning work before the Board can commit itself to a date.