Montagu Hospital, Mexborough

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1 November 1965.

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Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley 12:00, 1 November 1965

asked the Minister of Health if he will make a statement on the detailed technical survey of the existing buildings and services which was held at the Montagu Hospital, Mexborough, in 1962.

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

A survey was completed in 1963. By comparison with modern standards, it revealed certain deficiencies. These will be taken into account by the Sheffield Regional Hospital Board in deciding the extent of upgrading or rebuilding necessary, and the priority to be accorded to it.

Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley

Is my hon. Friend aware that many substantial alterations have taken place at the hospital over the last few years to try to improve the facilities but the facilities are still very inadequate? Does he not realise that surveys are of no use unless action is taken upon them?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

I think that everyone can assume that when one is dealing with a building which was first opened in 1905 and one makes a survey of it, deficiencies are bound to be shown. [Interruption.] I see that my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has just entered this Chamber; I thought that that applause could not be for me. I have no reason to believe that any of this hospital building is unsafe, but if my hon. Friend will send me any points that he has in mind I shall be glad to consider them.

Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley

asked the Minister of Health when the upgrading or the rebuilding of the Montagu Hospital, Mexborough, will be commenced.

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

I am not at present able to say when upgrading or rebuilding might be undertaken at this hospital.

Photo of Mr Edwin Wainwright Mr Edwin Wainwright , Dearne Valley

Does my hon. Friend realise that the staff at the hospital are working under great stress and, although they are proving their worth as members of the medical fraternity, they are not able to carry out their work in the efficient manner that they would wish? Does he not further realise that unless his Department supplies more money to the Sheffield Regional Hospital Board, the new hospital, which is long overdue, will not be built in the next decade?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

I am very glad that my hon. Friend paid tribute to the staff working in the hospital. As my right hon. Friend said a moment ago, hospital boards are at present reviewing their programmes and some information will soon be forthcoming. I must emphasise that each regional hospital board is responsible for the priorities in its region.