HC Deb 15 July 1964 vol 698 cc243-4W
88. Mr. Gourlay

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many orthopaedic in-patients were admitted to Bridge of Earn Hospital from Fife in 1963; and

the South East Regional Hospital Board consider would be necessary to retain Kirkcaldy Orthopaedic Hospital in use for a further five years from the date of transfer of the orthopaedic department to Victoria Hospital; what estimated expenditure is considered necessary for the same purpose by the East Fife Hospital Board of Management; and if he will undertake an independent assessment of the position before a decision is made to close the Orthopaedic Hospital.

Mr. Noble

At least £45,000 and about £500 respectively; these estimates reflect a complete divergence of view about the suitability of this old hospital for the continued care of patients. I shall carefully consider the Regional Hospital Board's recommendations about its future.