HC Deb 06 February 1968 vol 758 cc65-6W
58 and 61. Mr. Parker

asked the Minister of Health (1) as coronary disease is the main cause of death in this country and elsewhere, if he will establish an experimental cardiac emergency service in Central London based on a teaching hospital that already possesses a cardiac department and an intensive-care ward;

(2) if he has considered the experiment, details of which have been sent to him, carried out in Belfast where, prior to the introduction of a mobile intensive-care unit, 102 of 414 patients brought to hospital were dead on arrival, whereas in the 15-month period after the provision of such a unit none of 312 patients died in transit; and if he will introduce a similar experiment.

Mr. K. Robinson

I have studied the account of the Belfast experiment. The possibility of an experiment in this country, serving a defined area, is being explored.