HC Deb 10 February 1959 vol 599 cc989-90
25. Mr. Hannan

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if it is still his intention to build a major radiotherapy institute in Glasgow for advanced techniques and research to serve the population of the Western Region, and in some respects the whole of Scotland.

Mr. J. N. Browne

Yes, Sir. Work is expected to start this year on a major radiotherapy unit at the Western Infirmary. The plans for a second unit associated with the Royal Infirmary are well advanced.

Mr. Hannan

Surely, in the letter of 27th March, 1957, it was indicated that there was to be an Institute co-ordinating the cancer services in Glasgow? Does the hon. Gentleman realise that what he has said is most disappointing and contrary to the expert opinion that was tendered to us that long time ago? Will he have a look at the division that has taken place between the Western Infirmary and the Beatson Memorial Hospital, whereby the Western will have only 40 beds, and the Radium Centre will be about two miles away?

Mr. Browne

Yes, Sir, but we think that the Regional Hospital Board is right in its latest decision.

Mr. Hannan

On a point of order. I beg to give notice that, owing to the unsatisfactory nature of the reply, I will endeavour to raise this question on the Motion for the Adjournment.