§ Mr. A. Lewis
asked the Minister of Health (1) whether he is aware that there is still a storage of nursing and domestic staffs at Whipps Cross Hospital, West Ham; and whether he will take steps to improve this position;
(2) whether he will improve the staffing position at the Forest Gate Hospital, West Ham, to overcome the shortage of nursing and domestic staffs.
§ Mr. Bevan
I am aware of the shortage of nursing and domestic staffs at the institutions mentioned. My officers and those of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service are doing everything possible to assist in filling the vacancies, and we hope that West Ham, as well as other areas, will benefit from the action we are taking, as outlined in my 781W statement to the House on 8th November, to relieve the general shortage of hospital staffs.