§ 29. Mr. Hargreaves
asked the Minister of Health, in view of the overcrowding of patients in the Garlands Hospital, Carlisle, what proposals he has for providing additional accommodation.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
Along with other proposals from other boards I am considering proposals from the Newcastle Regional Hospital Board to provide additional beds, but I cannot yet say when it will be possible to do so.
§ Mr. Hargreaves
Does the Minister recollect that for three years or more now the position at this hospital has been brought to his attention? Is he aware that during that time the position has worsened and 1,000 patients are in accommodation designed for only 600? Will he please consider more urgently making this provision?
§ Mr. Macleod
It is certainly true that there is overcrowding in this hospital, and I am afraid that that is true of many hospitals in this category in the country. The first decision in this matter rests with the regional hospital board in the priority which it will give the scheme. It is a matter which the board is now considering and will submit to me.