§ Mr. McBride
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will now undertake a survey of the medical manpower requirements of the traumatic units in the base hospitals of Wales and resulting from that survey take steps to bring medical staffing up to the numbers required, with particular reference to reopening the traumatic unit at Morriston Hospital, Swansea.
§ Mr. Peter Thomas
The staffing of Welsh hospitals is already kept under constant review.
Difficulties in staffing accident and emergency units have been experienced in some cases. Steps are being taken to improve the position by training more doctors and making career opportunities in this work more attractive.
I regret that it has been necessary to close the accident and emergency unit at Morriston. The hospital authorities are endeavouring to alleviate the shortage of doctors there. Meanwhile the service for the Swansea area is being provided by Singleton Hospital.