HC Deb 05 November 1956 vol 558 cc1942-3
39. Mr. B. Harrison

asked the Minister of Health how many Maltese tubercular patients have been treated and are being treated at Black Notley Hospital, near Braintree; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

Eleven, Sir, seven of whom have been discharged home. These patients have been welcomed for treatment here under arrangements made with the Government of Malta.

Mr. Harrison

Can my hon. Friend tell me why it is that there has been this large number of vacancies at Black Notley Hospital?

Miss Hornsby-Smith

There are no waiting lists in that area and, as we had available beds for tuberculous patients, we were only too happy to take some patients from Malta.