Hospitals (Emergency Admissions)

Oral Answers to Questions — Wales – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th April 1995.

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Photo of Mr Gareth Wardell Mr Gareth Wardell , Gower 12:00 am, 24th April 1995

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many patients have been refused emergency medical admission to a hospital in Wales in the last year because of beds being reserved for elective surgery. [18721]

Photo of Mr Rod Richards Mr Rod Richards , Clwyd North West

Health authorities have confirmed to me that no one requiring emergency treatment has been refused admission to a hospital in Wales for the reason alleged by the hon. Gentleman.

Photo of Mr Gareth Wardell Mr Gareth Wardell , Gower

I am delighted that the Welsh Office has taken so much trouble to find out that information, and I am delighted with the result. What I would now like from the Minister is a confirmation that the Welsh Office will guarantee that no one will be refused emergency medical treatment and that all such treatment will be given within a patient's locality. Will the Minister tell us that the Welsh Office will, instead of reducing the number of forms that it sends out, collect the relevant information so that it is not guilty of the mockery of issuing statements on which it cannot deliver, with the result that people have to travel longer and longer distances for emergency medical treatment?

Photo of Mr Rod Richards Mr Rod Richards , Clwyd North West

I can confirm that it is the Government's policy that patients requiring emergency treatment should always take priority over those awaiting elective care.