HC Deb 09 May 1960 vol 623 c18
20. Mr. W. Wells

asked the Minister of Health whether he will investigate the causes of the delay in admission to Manor House Hospital, Walsall, of people requiring gynaecological operations.

Miss Pitt

I am informed that the main reason is the limitations of the operating facilities.

Mr. Wells

Does not the hon. Lady agree that present delays of two-and-a-half years are quite outrageous and that most urgent steps must be taken? Can she say what steps are being taken to rectify this state of affairs?

Miss Pitt

The delays to which the hon. and learned Gentleman refers relate only to the non-urgent cases. Those cases which are urgent are dealt with at once. Steps are being taken, and the regional hospital board is investigating the possibility of reducing the waiting list by using other facilities in the region. Sketch plans for a new twin operating theatre suite have been examined in my Department and the preparation of working drawings should be authorised shortly.

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