HC Deb 13 April 1949 vol 463 cc2816-7
17. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the supply of X-ray apparatus for all the hospitals of West African Colonies has been or will be included in welfare and development plans; and how many hospitals now possess this apparatus.

Mr. Rees-Williams

The Governors concerned have been asked to supply the information required and I shall communicate with my hon. Friend when this is received.

Mr. Sorensen

Meanwhile, would the hon. Gentleman please take such steps as are possible to see that X-ray apparatus is supplied to all the hospitals in West Africa?

Mr. Rees-Williams

A number of X-ray apparatuses have been sent out to West Africa in the last three years.

Colonel Dower

Will the hon. Gentleman, when making his inquiries, also go into the hospital position in the territories in East Africa?

Dr. Segal

Is my hon. Friend aware that until recently there was in the Gold Coast at least one hospital 350 miles away from the nearest X-ray apparatus? Can he explain what is the use of keeping a hospital open in these circumstances?

Mr. Rees-Williams

Six X-ray apparatuses have been sent to the Gold Coast in the last three years. I hope in time all will be covered.