HC Deb 10 April 1968 vol 762 cc1359-60
25. Mrs. Cullen

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland when the proposed health centre will be built in the Gorbals area of Glasgow.

Mr. Millan

I hope that it will be possible to begin building towards the end of next year, and that the health centre will be completed early in 1971.

Mrs. Cullen

Is my hon. Friend aware that at the moment there is a shortage of doctors in the Gorbals, and that with redevelopment more properties are coming down, and as these properties also house surgeries, it will be a sad business both for doctors and for patients if this centre is not provided a bit sooner than the end of next year?

Mr. Millan

I know that this has taken rather a long time, but I think that we are now proceeding as fast as we can.

On the question of doctors displaced by redevelopment, I think that it has been the practice of Glasgow Corporation to provide them with temporary premises, and I am sure that if there are any further cases of displacement the Corporation will be glad to follow that practice.