HC Deb 09 May 1960 vol 623 c20
29. Mr. Kershaw

asked the Minister of Health how long the X-ray apparatus at Tetbury Hospitalhasbeenout of order; and what steps are being taken eithertorepairitorprovidea replacement.

Miss Pitt

Since January. A new machine has been ordered, but it has been found that additional protective work is necessary. It is hoped that this will be completed in about eight weeks' time. Meanwhile, cases are being dealt with at Malmesbury.

Mr. Kershaw

Does not my hon. Friend underrate the inconvenience caused to this rural hospital by not having an X-ray apparatus in the area? Will she inject as much urgency as possible into this matter?

Miss Pitt

Malmesbury is only five miles away. I am sure my hon. Friend will agree that since it was reported that the radiation dosage was such that the machine could not be used these protective steps are necessary.