HC Deb 19 November 1971 vol 826 cc238-9W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will establish a few hospitals to concentrate solely upon the treatment of rheumatism and allied conditions in which the many differing disciplines, including bio-engineering can be combined with a specialist institution; and also to enable some orthopaedic surgeons to specialise with a greater degree of definition in this field to the benefit of sufferers.

Mr. Alison

There are a few specialised hospitals such as the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases at Bath, the Devonshire Royal Hospital at Buxton and the Royal Bath Hospital at Harrogate, which do concentrate solely on the treatment of rheumatism and allied conditions. These conditions are also the subject of multi-disciplinary research and treatment in such special centres as the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and Mary Marlborough Lodge, Oxford, and Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, Oswestry. In addition, many district general hospitals provide specialised treatment for patients suffering from rheumatism and allied conditions.