HC Deb 13 April 1959 vol 603 cc636-7
30 Mr. Ronald Bell

asked the Minister of Health (1) how many persons have been employed during the past year at Iver Cottage Hospital, Buckinghamshire; and for what duties;

(2) what is the present annual cost of maintaining, staffing, and heating the Iver Cottage Hospital, Iver, Buckinghamshire, including any sum paid on account of local rates;

(3) how many in-patients have been admitted to Iver Cottage Hospital in the last three years; and how many people have been treated there as out-patients in that period.

Mr. R. Thompson

In the last three years there were 194 in-patients, 1,570 new out-patients, and 3,152 out-patient attendances. Five whole time and six part-time staff were employed for various periods during the past year in connection with out-patient clinics and the maintenance of the building. The cost of running the hospital during the last financial year was £3,552.

Mr. Bell

Does not my hon. Friend think that this is a very substantial annual outlay for what is now a very small use? Should I be right in thinking that the number of in-patients in the last year or two has been nil and that the number of out-patients is averaging about two a week?

Mr. Thompson

It is true that the admission of in-patients ceased at the end of June, 1957. There were more than 114 admissions in 1956 and 80 in 1957. The number of out-patients is declining.

Mr. Bell

Does not my hon. Friend think that in these circumstances something should be done to put the hospital to better use?

Mr. Thompson

Yes, Sir. The intention of the board is to close the hospital and to adapt the building for use as a preliminary training school for nurses to serve the group. It is at present consulting local interests about the proposed closure.

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