Hospital Building

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 7th February 1966.

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Photo of Mr Paul Dean Mr Paul Dean , Somerset North 12:00 am, 7th February 1966

asked the Minister of Health how much of the money allocated to hospital building for the present financial year will be spent on new hospitals and major reconstruction schemes, and how much on smaller improvement schemes.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

I would refer the hon. Member to Appendix IV to the published Estimate for the Hospital Services.

Photo of Mr Paul Dean Mr Paul Dean , Somerset North

Is the Minister satisfied that a sufficiently high proportion of the resources available for hospital building is going into comparatively moderate expenditure on schemes which can speedily be done and which can make an enormous difference to the working of existing hospitals?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

Yes I think this is important, and I have no reason whatever to believe that the amounts spent on large and small works, respectively, are in any way out of balance. Certainly I have called the attention of hospital boards to this matter.

Photo of Mr Laurie Pavitt Mr Laurie Pavitt , Willesden West

Would my right hon. Friend bear in mind, in his revision, that if new hospitals are to be built there may have to be a quite ruthless look at some small, uneconomic units of hospital services, and will he issue directions to local hospital boards accordingly?

Photo of Mr Kenneth Robinson Mr Kenneth Robinson , St Pancras North

We do not normally issue directions to hospital boards, but I will certainly bear my hon. Friend's point in mind.