HC Deb 02 August 1951 vol 491 cc1610-1
36. Mr. Yates

asked the Minister of Health how long the children's ward of the Skin Hospital, Birmingham, has been closed, when it is likely to be reopened; and what alternative arrangements have been made for children in need of hospital treatment.

Mr. Marquand

The ward was closed on 7th February and it is expected that it will re-open on 15th August. During the closure, beds have been available in side wards in the Skin Hospital and in other local hospitals.

Mr. Yates

Is my right hon. Friend not aware that I have had recently a case of a child who had been under hospital treatment for two and a half years, who was admitted in November and discharged in December and has not been able to be re-admitted since February last? It is a very grave matter if children are unable to get treatment for skin diseases for so many months.

Mr. Marquand

Yes, but I am sure my hon. Friend is aware that the hospital was closed because of an outbreak of chicken-pox. The closing has been followed by some redecoration. The hospital is to be re-opened on 15th August, and if the case which my hon. Friend has in mind is not then admitted I hope he will communicate with me.