§ Mr. Snow
Regional hospital boards will continue to keep the needs of their Regions under review, and will establish 68 further obstetric flying squads or re-locate existing ones as new consultant maternity units are provided. There are 200 of these flying squads in England and Wales, one of which is in the West Cornwall Clinical Area.
§ Mr. Nott
In view of the distance which has to be travelled by emergency cases, and in view of the Minister's last remark about the existence of an obstetric flying squad in the area, will he consider whether a further obstetric flying squad can be provided for the widely scattered rural area to meet two emergencies which might occur at the same time?
§ Dr. John Dunwoody
Would not my hon. Friend agree that it would be illogical to introduce another obstetric flying squad in West Cornwall either at the new hospital at Truro or at Redruth which is not based on a consultant maternity unit? Does he not agree that in an area like West Cornwall, served by a single consultant unit, it is right that there should be one obstetric flying squad based on that unit?