§ Mr. Ashton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) whether she is satisfied with the facilities at Worksop Hospital for accidents and emergencies; and when she expects these to be improved;
(2) what are the reasons for the six months' delay in giving approval to the submission of the £3 million preliminary costs for the new Bassetlaw District General Hospital at Worksop; and if she will give an assurance that this delay will not stop the project from commencing building during the 1976–77 financial year.
§ Dr. Owen:
I am aware of the inadequacy of the accident and emergency department at Kilton Hospital. A new department is being planned as part of the first phase of the redevolpment of the hospital. Its timing will depend on its priority within the very limited sums which the Government can make available for NHS capital developments. Health authorities will shortly be preparing proposals for capital starts in 1976–77 and outline strategic plans for the next 10 years. I then expect to receive up-to-date proposals as to the nature and timing of developments in Bassetlaw.