§ Mr. Geraint Howells
asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he is satisfied with the state of the cottage hospitals in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Barry Jones
Area health authorities aim to maintain high standards at all types of hospitals, including cottage hospitals. As resources allow, some of these small hospitals will be considered for upgrading into community hospitals, although not all will be suitable. A number of extensions and upgrading schemes have been carried out.