In the light of the building of phase 1 of the Gurnos District Hospital planned to be finished in 1975, the Welsh Hospital Board is at present consulting locally on the future organisation of hospitals in the Merthyr and Aberdare Hospital Management Committee area.
Is the Minister of State aware of the very serious concern of my constituents about the future of these two hospitals? Will he do all he can to ensure that these hospitals are retained in view of their excellent service over many years and, which is equally important, in view of the financial and topographical difficulties of travelling miles to another hospital in an entirely different valley?
I understand the concern that the hon. Gentleman expresses. The hospital board has lately produced a pamphlet explaining its intentions. The future of these hospitals will be determined only after the fullest public consultation.