§ Mr. Shersby
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she is aware of the unsatisfactory conditions which exist in the children's ward at Hillingdon Hospital; whether she has received and considered plans for the construction of a new unit; and if she will make a statement.
§ Dr. Owen
I am aware of the need to replace the paediatric department of Hillingdon Hospital. The area health authority has given this project very high priority but detailed planning has not yet started. The regional health authority will be drawing up long-term plans for capital works, and the timing of this scheme will depend on the resources that will be available.