§ 21. Mr. Timmons
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is aware of the shortage of maternity beds in Lanarkshire; and what are the prospects of some extensions at Bellshill.
I am aware that there is considerable pressure on the maternity beds at present available in Lanarkshire. The regional hospital board intend to provide some 60 additional beds by converting a lightly-used fever hospital, but I cannot say how soon it will be possible to put the necessary works in hand.
§ Mr. Timmons
Is the hon. and gallant Gentleman aware of the very serious situation particularly at Bellshill? Is he 1959 further aware that I recently had a complaint from a constituent of mine who, after having had a child, had to lie in a corridor, and would he get in touch with the administrative people at Bellshill to see whether it is possible to get additional pavilions there?
Unfortunately, Bellshill Hospital is not regarded as suitable for expansion, but the conversion of Wester Moffat Infectious Diseases Hospital is going ahead.