Croydon General Hospital

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 Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South 12:00 am, 6th July 1964

asked the Minister of Health what progress has been made in the provision of improved casualty facilities at the Croydon General Hospital; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Essex South East

The regional board has now approved a scheme to provide an additional treatment cubicle, improvements to the waiting space and entrance, new partitions to the cubicles, complete redecoration of the department, and additional equipment.

Photo of Mr Richard Thompson Mr Richard Thompson , Croydon South

While thanking my hon. Friend for that helpful reply, may I ask whether he can say anything about the staffing services for this hospital? Would he, in conjunction with the regional hospital board, provide for a rather more efficient service for casualties, particularly at weekends, than we have been able to have in the past?

Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Essex South East

I cannot, without notice, say anything about the staffing position. I am told that the board is satisfied that major changes are not practicable; and that its intention is still to move the casualty department to the Mayday Hospital, elsewhere in Croydon. Perhaps I should say that the improvements I mentioned should be completed by September of this year.