HC Deb 27 January 1958 vol 581 c20W
110. Mr. Ellis Smith

asked the Minister of Health if he is aware of the risks, increased anxiety and work at the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary, Stoke-on-Trent, through operations having to be carried out at other hospitals; what action he intends taking, in view of the fact that the urgently required new accident department will not be available until 1963; and if he will take steps to expedite the work and consult the city council and the North Staffordshire Miners Union on the matter.

Mr. R. Thompson

My right hon. and learned Friend is aware of the difficulties inevitably arising from the present temporary arrangements, and everything possible is being done to provide a new operating-theatre suite at the Infirmary urgently. It is anticipated that building will begin in March and will be completed next year. In these circumstances I doubt whether further consultations would be advantageous.