HC Deb 09 December 1963 vol 686 cc21-2
14. Mr. Bullard

asked the Minister of Health what proposals he has had from the regional hospital board about changes in the plans for the new general hospital in King's Lynn; whether it will be possible to build on an enlargement of the present site; and when he hopes to authorise a start to be made.

Mr. Braine

None, Sir; some additional land will be required; in the years 1966–67 to 1970–71.

Mr. Bullard

Do I understand from my hon. Friend's reply that he has received no proposals for a change in the Plan and that therefore the building of the hospital will go on as was announced earlier? If so, this will rather dash the hopes of local people, who had hoped that there would be a very considerable extended plan for addition to the general hospital? There is a general wish in the town that this should be, if possible, in town and on the present site.

Mr. Braine

I do not think my hon. Friend is justified in being so pessimistic. The regional board's planning of this new hospital is in a preliminary stage, and for that reason no firm forecast for the starting date can be given. If my hon. Friend would like to write to me or come to see me about this, I can perhaps give him more information.

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