HC Deb 31 January 1962 vol 652 cc1081-2
24. Mr. J. Hill

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will take steps to permit the widening of the scope of Edenhall Hospital at Musselburgh, so that an out-patient department can be established to meet the needs of the people of Midlothian.

Mr. Galbraith

This hospital has a specialised function and the needs of war pensioners must continue to take priority. My right hon. Friend is, however, asking the South-Eastern Regional Hospital Board to examine the suggestions that have been made and will write to the hon. Member in due course.

Mr. Hill

Is the Minister aware that there is a ward in this hospital which is reserved for such patients as the Minister has described, but that it is never used, and that people in the surrounding area must of necessity go to Edinburgh for examination, which costs quite a lot in time and money? Is he also aware that there is need for an outpatient department in this hospital and that the local general practitioners are in favour of it? Cannot the Minister consider the matter again?

Mr. Galbraith

I think that the hon. Gentleman cannot have understood my original Answer, because the matter is being examined. There is no question of reconsideration; it is under examination now.