HC Deb 12 January 1971 vol 809 cc45-6W
Mr. Costain

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied that there is sufficient staff strength to keep hospital wards fully operative in the Ashford, Dover and Folkestone area; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Alison

I am informed that the South-East Kent Hospital Management Committee, which is responsible for the management of the hospitals in this area, is satisfied that the level of ward staffing is generally adequate, although there are times (e.g., when there is an outbreak of sickness) when it is necessary to reduce services.