HC Deb 21 July 1975 vol 896 cc90-1W
Mr. Adam Butler

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what design system is envisaged for the new Glenfrith District General Hospital, Leicester; what are the anticipated starting and completion dates; and what number of beds are planned.

Dr. Owen

Various design options are being considered. The entire development is intended to comprise nearly 1,300 beds eventually, and will necessarily be spread over a considerable period. The Trent Regional Health Authority is planning a first phase which will include some 200 beds and out-patient facilities. My right hon. Friend and the regional health authority continue to attach very high priority to development in Leicester both because of the service need and because of the development of medical teaching. However, the timing of all capital developments will have to be reviewed in the light of the likely availability of resources in the next few years, and until we are able to give RHAs planning figures it is not possible to say when the Glenfrith scheme will start.