HC Deb 15 July 1952 vol 503 cc1956-7
9. Mr. Pryde

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland what steps he intends to take to remedy the lack of hospital accommodation in Midlothian for the treatment of chronic cases of sickness among aged persons.

Commander Galbraith

I am afraid that I cannot hold out any early prospect of increased hospital accommodation. The regional hospital board, are, however, seeking to ensure that the available beds are used to the best advantage, and valuable help to persons in their own homes is, of course, being afforded by the home nursing and home help services provided by the county council.

Mr. Pryde

Is the Minister aware that a considerable hardship is being imposed in the mining area of Midlothian because of this lack of nursing services?

Commander Galbraith

Yes, sir. I regret that, but I suggest to the hon. Member that perhaps the best way of dealing with this matter is by an increase in the home nursing and home help services.