§ 42. Mr. Collins
asked the Minister of Health, in view of the decline in the demand for hospitial beds for tuberculosis cases and for children, what advice or instructions he has given to regional hospital boards with the object of ensuring, by regrouping or other means, that staffed beds surplus to requirements are used for geriatric and other types of case where there is, at present, a waiting list.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
None. Boards are well aware that I rely on them to ensure that the most effective use is made of the hospital beds available.
§ Mr. Collins
Does the Minister agree that the Question is correct in regard to the lessening use of beds for children and tuberculosis cases, and does he not feel that some advice on this point might enable the authorities to make better use of the money and the accommodation?
§ Mr. Macleod
I certainly agree with the lessening demand for tuberculosis and children's beds. That, of course, is something that delights us all. The boards are very closely in touch on these matters, and I do not think that specific guidance is necessary on this point. On the general question of making the best use of beds, there is, in fact, a very recent circular. Perhaps I will send the hon. Gentleman a copy.