HC Deb 22 March 1955 vol 538 cc1851-2
14. Mr. Pryde

asked the Secretary, of State for Scotland the total number of beds available for patients in Edinburgh hospitals.

Commander Galbraith

The total number of staffed beds in Edinburgh hospitals on 31st December, 1954, was 6,215.

Mr. Pryde

In view of the fact that three weeks ago the Minister submitted some figures to me which showed that there are about 1¼ million people in and around the City of Edinburgh, does he not think it high time that more hospitals were built about Edinburgh, the Dalkeith area, for example?

Commander Galbraith

It depends of course, on how many people there are requiring hospital accommodation.