HC Deb 07 March 1955 vol 538 cc10-1
17. Mr. J. Johnson

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the concern in Rugby over the shortage of hospital accommodation for the chronic sick; and what steps he is taking to remedy this deficiency.

Mr. Iain Macleod

I understand that this matter was raised with the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board recently, and that they are considering it.

Mr. Johnson

While bearing in mind the difficulties of the hospital board in this connection, may I ask the Minister whether he is aware that the public health committee has almost got to the end of its tether in this matter, which is causing a lot of domestic unhappiness and distress in the borough? Will he use his good offices and give the hospital board special dispensation to build accommodation in the town?

Mr. Macleod

I have seen the letter from the town clerk of Rugby to which, I think, the hon. Member is referring. It has gone to the regional hospital board, and the board must be the judge of what priority it assigns to any particular claim.