HC Deb 18 July 1960 vol 627 cc8-9
18. Mr. Hayman

asked the Minister of Health whether final plans have yet been approved for the necessary adaptations at Barncoose Hospital, Redruth, to accommodate the maternity unit on 1st January, 1961.

Miss Pitt

I understand that the regional hospital board has received tenders for the first stage of the work and has approved plans for the remainder.

Mr. Hayman

Will the Parliamentary Secretary urge the regional board to proceed with the work as quickly as possible, because nobody on the spot believes that the Barncoose Hospital will be ready to accept the maternity unit by the end of the year?

Miss Pitt

The regional hospital board hopes to have the work completed by the end of the year.

Dr. Summerskill

Is the hon. Lady aware, in the light of what has been said about the rather shocking Report that will be produced at the end of the month, that this is the second Question on maternity services which has been raised this afternoon? Both hon. Members have indicated that there has been a long delay in providing adequate accommodation.

Miss Pitt

This is an entirely different matter. This Question relates to requisitioned property, and as requisitioning comes to an end at the end of the year, it is necessary to provide alternative accommodation.