HC Deb 13 February 1967 vol 741 c72
25. Mr. Brian Parkyn

asked the Minister of Health what was the reason for closing a 13-bed maternity ward recently at Bedford General Hospital; and how many expectant mothers have been denied the facilities of a hospital confinement because of this closure.

Mr. Snow

Staff were under heavy pressure through sickness and leave, and work was concentrated in the remainder of the department where extra beds were put up as necessary. Bookings were not reduced, but some early discharges were necessary.

Mr. Parkyn

I thank my hon. Friend for his reply. Is he aware that there has been considerable unrest in the Bedford area concerning the supply of maternity wards? Will he see that everything is done to ensure that any deficiences are made good?

Mr. Snow

I will examine that and write to my hon. Friend.