HC Deb 18 June 1968 vol 766 c125W
48. Sir J. Langford-Holt

asked the Minister of Health in view of the fact that for surgical treatment the waiting list per 1,000 of the population is 68 months in Shrewsbury and only 3.3 months for England and Wales, whether he will now give priority to the finishing of the District General Hospital in Shrewsbury at present under construction.

Mr. Snow

It is the responsibility of the regional hospital board to assess priorities within its region and it has decided that it could not give priority to the finishing of this district general hospital without delaying the progress of other equally pressing schemes, but an additional theatre now being built at the old Copthorne Hospital should start to relieve surgical waiting lists next year.