HC Deb 09 April 1973 vol 854 cc918-9
14. Mr. Nicholas Edwards

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many beds for children there are at present in the hospitals at Haverfordwest and Withybush; and how many beds for children are planned for the new general hospital to be built at Withybush.

Mr. Gibson-Watt

Twenty-four at the Pembroke County War Memorial Hospital, Haverfordwest; none in the Withybush annexe. Ten are proposed for the new Withybush Hospital.

Mr. Edwards

Would my hon. Friend agree that those figures explain the widespread anxiety in Pembrokeshire that children will have to be taken past the new hospital all the way to Carmarthen even if they are suffering from the most serious complaints? Will he undertake to look at this matter again and also at the provision of pediatric consultants for the new hospital?

Mr. Gibson-Watt

I will certainly look at this matter. It is causing considerable concern to parents in Pembrokeshire. Following what my hon. Friend has said, I will take a further look at it.