HC Deb 19 March 1953 vol 513 c203
32. Mr. Simmons

asked the Minister of Health the capital allocation to the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board for 1953–54; and how this compares with that for the current year.

Mr. Iain Macleod

The allocation for 1953–54 is £572,000, compared with £512,000 originally allocated and £575,000 finally authorised for the current year.

Mr. Snow

Would the right hon. Gentleman bring to the attention of this regional board the fact that, owing to the industrial development on the outskirts of the regional board catchment area, patients needing specialist treatment and consultant service have to travel vast distances, and that the present structure of the availability of such services is out of tune with the demands made by the population?

Mr. Macleod

I have no doubt the regional board will note the point made by the hon. Gentleman.

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