HC Deb 16 June 1958 vol 589 c47W
54. Mr. H. Morrison

asked the Minister of Health whether he has considered the report on emergency telephone and other arrangements at Lewisham Hospital in connection with the Southern Region railway disaster at St. Johns; and what action is being taken.

Mr. Walker-Smith

Yes. In general the arrangements appear to have worked well, and I should like to take this opportunity of paying a tribute to all who took part in meeting a very difficult situation. Detailed points have been discussed by representatives of the services concerned, and steps have been taken in this region to arrange for ex-directory lines at major hospitals and for a review of their telephone communications. The report has been circulated to all regional hospital boards, and consideration is being given to certain matters by my officers with a view to further action if required.