HC Deb 09 June 1953 vol 516 cc26-7
41. Mr. McGovern

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if his attention has been drawn to the decision of the Western Hospital Board not to renew the five-year contract to pay for orthopaedic treatment for tuberculosis patients at St. Andrew's Home, Millport; and if he will give an assurance that this hospital, which has 130 patients and an efficient staff, will be retained in an effort to wipe out this disease.

Mr. J. Stuart

I am aware of the Board's decision. Only 27 patients are now left in this hospital, and I am assured that enough hospital beds are available in the Western Region to accommodate these 27 patients and all other patients suffering from non-respiratory tuberculosis who need hospital treatment. I am advised also that it would not be practicable to convert St. Andrew's Home, Millport, into a hospital for the treatment of respiratory tuberculosis.

Mr. McGovern

In which hospital are these patients to be housed?

Mr. Stuart

The Board are satisfied that there are sufficient beds in their own hospitals to treat all non-respiratory tuberculosis patients. Therefore there is no need to renew the five-year contract with St. Andrew's Home.