HC Deb 30 January 1962 vol 652 cc88-9W
Mr. Abse

asked the Minister of Health what is the present waiting list for general surgery beds in the Newport and East Monmouthshire area; how many beds should be available on the basis of the national rate; how many will be available on the completion of phase II of the Royal Gwent Hospital; and, in the view of the waiting list and the industrial character of the area, if he will advance the date of the final phase of the Royal Gwent Hospital reconstruction.

Miss Pitt

1,966; comparison of ratios of beds to population is not valid except in relation to larger areas; approximately 220; as regards the last part of the Question I would refer the hon. Member to paragraphs 49 and 52 of Command Paper 1604.