HC Deb 23 November 1964 vol 702 cc893-4
32. Mr. Randall

asked the Minister of Health what proposals the Newcastle Regional Hospital Board has to improve the urological service within the region and so reduce the continuing increase of patients on the waiting list, which includes one patient who has been waiting for nearly two years.

Sir B. Stross

The board has not yet submitted proposals, but I understand that it contemplates expanding existing facilities at Newcastle, Sunderland, and Middlesbrough to provide 30–35 additional beds; and, later, establishing a unit at Carlisle.

Mr. Randall

Does my hon. Friend realise that the numbers on the waiting list are now approaching 1,000 and there are only 54 beds available? Does not this show the urgent need for specialist services similar to those operating in Newcastle to be extended to the remainder of the region, and does my hon. Friend see in the proposals any possibility that the need in the area will be adequately met?

Sir B. Stross

The need for increased provision generally is recognised, but I cannot comment on the details of the proposals until they are submitted to me.