HC Deb 26 June 1961 vol 643 c9W
79. Mr. Holt

asked the Minister of Health if he has received a copy of the report officially prepared by Dr. Sheldon on the hospital services for old people in the Birmingham region; what action he proposes to take; if he will call for a similarly comprehensive report from the Manchester region; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Powell

A report on existing hospitals for the old accompanied the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board's long-term development proposals submitted to me recently. The Manchester Board's proposals are also based on an analysis of existing hospitals. All Boards' proposals are now under consideration.

81. Mr. Matthews

asked the Minister of Health why Dr. J. H. Sheldon's official report on hospitals for old people has been recalled for alteration by the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board; and if he will make the original text available to the House, together with designs of the new type of geriatric unit referred to therein.

Mr. Powell

It is not my policy to interfere with the Board's discretion in dealing with documents which are its property. I will place in the Library a copy of a report on hospital services for the old which I understand the Board is preparing to make available to the public.

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