Accident Unit, Haverfordwest

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th November 1972.

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Photo of Mr Nicholas Edwards Mr Nicholas Edwards , Pembrokeshire 12:00 am, 27th November 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether he is satisfied that adequate medical facilities together with the necessary financial backing will be available to the new accident unit at Haverfordwest; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

I am satisfied that adequate financial backing will be available. However, detailed working arrangements are at present being considered by the Welsh Hospital Board. My right hon. and learned Friend does not intend to make a statement.

Photo of Mr Nicholas Edwards Mr Nicholas Edwards , Pembrokeshire

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is great anxiety among local consultants, who feel that the Bevan Committee gravely under-estimated the practical problems of implementing its proposals for the accident unit, which explains the long delay in their being put into practice? Will my hon. Friend give an undertaking that not only will he investigate the matter but that he will keep me fully informed of progress?

Photo of Mr David Gibson-Watt Mr David Gibson-Watt , Hereford

I fully understand my hon. Friend's concern. I do not think it can be said that the Bevan Report under-estimated the difficulties, but it is the board's intention that six beds will be required for this unit. The reorganisation of existing services to provide these facilities has caused the delay. I shall keep my hon. Friend informed.