HC Deb 29 January 1962 vol 652 c68W
Mr. Abse

asked the Minister of Health how many obstetric beds will be available in the Newport and East Monmouthshire area consequent upon the final development of Royal Gwent Hospital; how many beds are needed to fulfil the recommendations of the Cranbrook report; and, in view of the Monmouthshire infantile mortality rate, what steps he will take to increase the number of intended obstetric beds and to bring forward the date of the Royal Gwent Hospital reconstruction.

Miss Pitt

I would refer the hon. Member to paragraphs 261 and 262 of Command Paper 1604. The proposals represent the provision of 0.58 beds per 1,000 expected population, which is equal to the national average indicated by the Cranbrook Report.