§ 2.35 p.m.
§ [The Question was as follows:
§ To ask Her Majesty's Government if they will state the number of outpatients who attended the Bradford Eye and Ear Hospital during the last full year; and whether they consider the accommodation satisfactory.]
§ THE CHANCELLOR OF THE DUCHY OF LANCASTER (VISCOUNT WOOLTON)
My Lords, there were 34,825 out-patient attendances during the year 1953. Conditions at this hospital have been a matter of concern to the local hospital authorities for some years. Following representations by the Hospital Management Committee, the Leeds Regional Hospital Board have suggested ways of relieving the congestion. The more radical solution urged by the Committee of moving the hospital elsewhere is a question of priorities for building work, and at present the Board feel obliged to conclude that other projects in their area are of greater urgency.