HC Deb 24 April 1963 vol 676 c215
30. Dr. Dickson Mabon

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he intends to revise the Hospital Plan for Scotland, Command Paper No. 1602, in view of recent population reports and professional representations to him.

Mr. Noble

In considering further extensions of the Hospital Plan for Scotland, I will take these matters into account.

Dr. Mabon

May we assume from that reply that since there is concern about geriatric, maternity and mental beds, the Secretary of State proposes to take a leaf out of the Minister of Health's book and to publish a revised Hospital Plan in the very near future?

Mr. Noble

I cannot give a promise about the timing of this, but these things are certainly being considered.

Mr. Woodburn

Is the Secretary of State aware that there are serious doubts in medical and other opinion about the wisdom of reconstructing the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh as proposed in the Hospital Plan and that a great many well-advised people consider that it would be much better to build a completely new hospital and to use the present Royal Infirmary for geriatric beds and thus satisfy both needs at much less expense?

Mr. Noble

I will certainly bear what the right hon. Gentleman said in mind.