Fulbourn Hospital

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 Francis Pym Mr Francis Pym , Cambridgeshire 12:00 am, 7th February 1966

asked the Minister of Health when he intends to authorise the building alterations to the central block of Fulbourn Hospital which he postponed last year.

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

The scheme was postponed by the regional hospital board because it could not be contained within their capital allocation. I would ask the hon. Member to await the result of the current review of the hospital plan.

Photo of Mr Francis Pym Mr Francis Pym , Cambridgeshire

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware of the greatly improved results that have been achieved at this hospital over the years and of the enthusiasm that there is for making further progress, and may I ask him why this particular project has suffered such a long postponement?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

The reason for the postponement was obviously that the regional hospital board had to effect its priorities. The hon. Gentleman knows that this scheme is very well worth while and very necessary but is one that cannot possibly have the highest possible priority in the regional hospital board's overall programme. I feel sure that the regional hospital board will be getting on with the job as soon as it can.