HC Deb 29 July 1953 vol 518 cc165-6W
94. Mr. Awbery

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he is aware of the urgency of the needs for improvements in the medical services of the Colony of Singapore; and what specific measures have now been taken to implement the recommendations of the Vickers Plan of 1947 and to satisfy these needs.

Mr. Lyttelton

Yes. Substantial funds have been provided annually since 1950 for items included in the modified medical plan finally recommended by a Select Committee in September, 1948. Principal among them have been the Nurses' Home, the Medical Officers' Quarters, the new Out-Patient Division and the improvement of existing buildings and facilities at the General Hospital; the Leper Settlement; the Base Medical Store and Factory; extensions and improvements at the maternity hospital; and child welfare and maternity centres in the rural areas. The estimated expenditure under the plan this year is nearly $5 million.