HC Deb 15 February 1940 vol 357 cc944-5
76. Mr. Messer

asked the Minister of Health in how many tubercular sanatoria non-tubercular soldiers are receiving treatment; and whether this arrangement is temporary or permanent

Mr. Elliot

In a certain number of sanatoria, as in other hospitals under the casualty scheme, service patients are occupying blocks of beds which have been organised for casualty purposes. The accommodation in sanatoria which is being used in this way for non-tuberculous patients is quite separate from that occupied by tuberculous patients. I am unable to give the figures asked for by the hon. Member without calling for a special return.

Mr. Messer

Are hospitals which are required for civil casualties to be used for military purposes as well?

Mr. Elliot

Obviously there is a certain amount of accommodation available just now, and obviously it is to the advantage of all concerned that that accommodation should be used. Further accommodation is being provided in the hutting programmes and in other ways.