HC Deb 18 July 1960 vol 627 cc2-3
1. Mr. G. Thomas

asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to increase the number of consultant plastic surgeons in Wales; and whether he win make a statement.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Health (Miss Edith Pitt)

No present increase in the number of consultant plastic surgeons in Wales is contemplated by the regional hospital board. Facilities for patients in South and West Wales are available at St. Lawrence Hospital, Chepstow, and Llandough Hospital, Penarth. The medical establishment of these units compares favourably with other similar centres. Facilities for patients in North Wales centre mainly on Liverpool.

Mr. Thomas

In view of the fact that, as the Minister herself told me, people have to wait up to two and a half years before being able to receive treatment in these hospitals, will she consult the joint committee set up by the B.M.A. and, I believe, her own Department, and also with the other consultants in St. Lawrence Hospital, and not merely with one man? I think she will find that opinion is in favour of an increase in consultant staff?

Miss Pitt

As my answer implied, the consultant staff position is not unfavourable. The difficulties, which we discussed in the debate to which the hon. Gentleman has referred, arise for some people out of the geographical situation, but I will certainly look at the point which he has raised.

Mr. Thomas

I am obliged.