HC Deb 26 April 1951 vol 487 cc558-9
26. Mr. Snow

asked the Minister of Health if he is satisfied with the provision of eye specialist services for miners in the Tamworth, Staffordshire, district, in view of the distances to be travelled and the service provided for adjacent mining districts.

Mr. Marquand

This district must necessarily rely partly on the comprehensive consultant services provided in Birmingham itself, but I understand the regional hospital board is now reviewing the facilities available there and in other districts.

Mr. Snow

While that is satisfactory as far as it goes, in view of the fact that this is an important mining district should there not be an eye consultant more easily available than at Birmingham, since the original trip to Birmingham and the subsequent treatment means a great loss of wages to the man and of output to the pit?