§ Mr. J. Beattie
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that war-wounded Servicemen, sent by his Department to Musgrave Park Emergency Medical Service Hospital, Belfast, were told by the Northern Ireland Minister of Health that they could get out if they were not satisfied with conditions in the hospital as their vacated beds could be filled by other applicants for admission to the hospital; and if he will remove these men to a hospital where they will be better looked after.
§ Mr. Bevan
The answer to the first part of the Question is "No, Sir." As regards the second part, Service patients whose homes are in Northern Ireland are sent first to Musgrave Park, from which hospital they are transferred to hospitals near their homes. Arrangements for reception and transfer in Northern Ireland are made by the Deputy Director of Medical Services, Northern Ireland, and my officers have no responsibility in the matter.