HC Deb 03 June 1954 vol 528 cc107-8W
69. Mr. Awbery

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that the allocation to the Bristol hospital services is £34,500 less than the estimated requirements of the committee; that out-of-date X-ray apparatus now has to be used for a further period; that the waiting list has risen to nearly 6,000; that the reduction in the allocation has a tendency to reduce the quality of the work; and if he will take steps to grant the amount applied for in order to retain the high standard of the health services.

Miss Hornsby-Smith

The funds available for the maintenance of the hospital service in 1954–55 were not sufficient to enable my right hon. Friend to allocate in full to the Board of Governors of the United Bristol Hospitals or to other hospital authorities the amounts they asked for. He has asked the authorities to continue to give their attention to measures designed to promote efficiency and economy with the object of maintaining and so far as possible developing the services provided for the patients. My right hon. Friend cannot accept the implication underlying the last parts of the Question.