HC Deb 30 April 1968 vol 763 c992
27. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister of Health when he anticipates that work on the new county hospital at Dorchester will now begin.

Mr. Snow

It is not yet possible to give a date. The project remains in the Wessex Regional Hospital Board's programme among the later developments expected in the period after 1970.

Mr. Digby

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that originally this hospital was to have been started this year and that, in the opinion of doctors, we cannot have efficient medical services in Dorset without it?

Mr. Snow

Services in existing hospitals will be maintained until my right hon. Friend is satisfied that satisfactory alternative provision can be made. During the last six years £415,000 has been spent on improvements in Dorchester, Weymouth and Bridport hospitals.