HC Deb 28 February 1955 vol 537 cc1711-2
39. Mr. Wigg

asked the Minister of Health what plans for improved hospital accommodation in Dudley and Stour- bridge are contemplated; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Five schemes, costing in all more than£15,000, for improvements at three hospitals in the Dudley and Stourbridge group, are included in the regional hospital board's programme. The board also has under consideration a proposal for a major scheme for an out-patient and casualty department at Corbett Hospital, but I cannot say at present when this scheme is likely to start.

Mr. Wigg

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in Stourbridge we are all very disappointed because nothing has been done to get on with the erection of the out-patient and casualty departments at the Corbett Hospital? Will he do something to speed this up, because it serves a very wide area and the need is getting desperate?

Mr. Macleod

I am very conscious of the need there, and I am sure the regional board will give this particular scheme substantial priority, but whether it will be high enough to figure in the first part of the regional board's list is something I do not know yet until I see its proposals.

Mr. Simmons

Trade unionists in the area—and this is a heavy industry area—are very much concerned about this matter and already the right hon. Gentleman has had representations from the Dudley and Stourbridge Trades Council on the matter. Will the right hon. Gentleman give weight to the opinion of trade unions?

Mr. Macleod

Yes, Sir, I will be very glad to do so.

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