§ Mr. Leslie Huckfield
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what plans exist for the rationalisation of accident and casualty facilities in the area under the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board; and how these will affect Nuneaton's hospital facilities.
§ Mr. Crossman
A report outlining the proposed future development of the Accident Services in their area was recently considered by the Planning Committee of the Birmingham Regional Hospital Board. The report envisages the initial reception of all major accident cases at 13 main hospitals, with facilities at associated hospitals for the treatment of traumatic and orthopaedic cases transferred from the main hospitals, and for the treatment of minor accident cases where necessary. In the proposed plan Nuneaton would be associated with the major reception unit at Coventry or alternatively would itself be designated as a major unit.224W
The regional hospital board has invited the comments of the hospital management committees, local health authorities and executive councils in the region on the proposals in the report which will be further considered in the light of these.