HC Deb 06 November 1972 vol 845 cc605-6
9. Mr. Nicholas Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for Wales whether the Welsh Hospital Board has received its working party's final report on children in hospital in Wales; and what action has been taken to implement the recommendations of the interim report made in May, 1971.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

The Welsh Hospital Board will consider the Report of the Working Party on Children in Hospital in Wales at its meeting on 8th November. The interim report was circulated to hospital management committees, their staffs and other interested organisations as a discussion document. The observations made on it have been taken into account in the preparation of the final report.

Mr. Edwards

I am glad to hear that the final report has at last appeared, but was not the reason for the interim report that many of the recommendations were urgent? Today, 18 months later, is it not time that they were implemented, especially those concerned with the visiting of children in hospital and the availability of beds for mothers with children in hospital?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

I agree that the matter is urgent. I welcome the board's initiative in setting up the inquiry and I look forward to receiving in due course its advice on the report's recommendations.