HC Deb 30 May 1960 vol 624 cc98-9W
70. Mr. J. Harvey

asked the Minister of Health how far the strength of the Langthorne Hospital is below establishment; what steps are being taken to remedy this situation; and to what extent the establishment needs to be increased to meet modern needs.

Miss Pitt

Following are the figures:

the failure to find immediate hospital accommodation for Susan Bell, a badly-burned casualty, he is satisfied that there is adequate provision in the northern region for treatment of burns, and that the administration is kept up to date on the appropriate hospitals to which emergency treatment for burns is available; and if he will make a statement.

Miss Pitt

I greatly regret that this patient was not taken direct to the most suitable hospital and I am glad to learn that she is making satisfactory progress. In the light of this incident the hospital authorities concerned are reviewing their arrangements for dealing with burns and will inform all concerned of any new arrangements. My right hon. and learned Friend is satisfied that the provision for treating burns in the Newcastle Hospital Region is generally adequate although it will be further improved as new hospital buildings are brought into use.