HC Deb 09 May 1966 vol 728 c22
26. Mr. Dance

asked the Minister of Health what plans he has for providing additional hospital accommodation to serve the people of Redditch, Worcestershire, in view of the planned expansion of the town.

Mr. Loughlin

I must ask the hon. Member to await the results of the current review of the hospital plan.

Mr. Dance

Is the Minister aware that we have been going on like this for a very long time and that already hospital facilities in Redditch are completely antiquated? As the town grows, the position will become worse and worse. If it is a question of finance, will the Minister give an assurance to the public that he will immediately restore prescription charges?

Mr. Loughlin

I cannot accept the last part of the question. I should like to treat the hon. Member's question sensibly. The movement of population is taken into account in arriving at conclusions for hospital building programmes. I know that this has been a long time, but I think that he will find that it has taken no longer to prepare this review than it took previously to prepare the plans of his own Administration.