HC Deb 08 March 1960 vol 619 c221
17. Mrs. Hart

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if the Western Regional Hospital Board has yet reached a conclusion after its further consideration of the need for maternity provision to be made at Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride.

Mr. Galbraith

The Western Regional Hospital Board has decided in principle that a general practitioner maternity unit at Hairmyres Hospital is a desirable long-term development but they see no prospect of providing it until the general redevelopment of hospital services in Lanarkshire has gone much further.

Mrs. Hart

While I welcome this statement by the Minister—I can assure him it will also be very warmly welcomed in East Kilbride—may I ask him to convey to the hospital board that there is a good deal more urgency than this Answer seems to indicate, in view of the fact that the number of babies now being born is quite enough to keep a new maternity unit very busy indeed?