Is the hon. Gentleman aware that a few days ago a senior surgeon at the hospital stated that unless something was done at once to improve conditions in the operating theatre there would be imminent danger, because of the charge of static electricity there, of an explosion in the operating theatre? In view of the danger to the lives of patients, doctors and nurses, will the Minister take immediate action to remedy this extremely dangerous state of affairs?
This is being done. The board is proceeding urgently with the laying of anti-static flooring in the operating theatre, and we hope that there will not be any occasion for explosions.
Is my hon. Friend aware that these appalling conditions in hospitals have existed for years and years and that the former Administration did nothing about them, and also that we take a very dim view of doctors using this sort of thing for political purposes inspired by hon. Members opposite?