HC Deb 09 March 1966 vol 725 cc2090-1
21. Sir J. Gilmour

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he is satisfied that there will be specialist staff as recommended in the Wright Report avail able at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy, when the extension opens later this year; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Hart

I am satisfied that specialist staff as recommended in the Wright Report will be available.

Sir J. Gilmour

Does not the hon. Lady agree that in view of the fact that an answer was given by her right hon. Friend which showed that there was inadequate staff to meet the Wright requirements of the Edinburgh Hospital, it is over-optimistic on her part to think that there will be adequate staff available for the Victoria Hospital when it opens?

Mrs. Hart

The hon. Member will remember the discussions that he had with me in January on this question. We are not concerned here with any difficulty of recruiting staff. Since January there have been a number of meetings between my officials and the regional hospital board, and on the basis of a little extra money given to them we are certain that the staffing difficulties can be met.