HC Deb 19 June 1967 vol 748 cc1120-1
54. Mr. Winnick

asked the Minister of Health what artificial kidney machine facilities exist in Croydon hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Snow

Facilities are available at Mayday Hospital to treat certain cases of acute renal failure. Treatment for chronic renal failure is concentrated on specialised units. One such unit is already functioning in the area of the South-West Metropolitan Regional Hospital Board, and two more are planned.

Mr. Winnick

Is my hon. Friend aware that there is a certain feeling, justified or otherwise, locally in the Croydon area that arrangements are not as satisfactory as they should be? Does his Ministry intend to encourage people locally who supported a fund? Is it to be the purpose of the Ministry to help such groups?

Mr. Snow

According to our records, in 1966–67 only three patients required referral from Mayday Hospital to London teaching hospitals for treatment on an artificial kidney machine. As to local charitable organisations which desire to provide money by means of public appeals, it would be as well if the purpose of the appeal was first brought to the attention of the Regional Hospital Board, which could give good guidance in these matters.

Mr. Frederic Harris

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the Mayday Hospital is in my constituency? I am in very close contact with it. I have never had a single complaint of this nature from that hospital in 20 years?

Mr. Snow

I am very glad to have that observation on the record.