§ Mr. Moyle
Accident and emergency units at the following hospitals on Merseyside were closed at weekends on the dates shown:
Liverpool Royal Infirmary
7 p.m. 10th September—9 am. 11th September
9 p.m. 5th December—9 a.m. 6th December
9 a.m. 10th December—7 P.m. 10th December
9 a.m. 11th December—10 p.m. 11th December
8 a.m. 12th December—9 a.m. 12th December
2 p.m. 13th December—7 p.m. 13th December
Royal Southern Hospital
10th October for a short period
3 p.m. 6th November—6 a.m. 7th November
10 a.m. 4th December—3 p.m. 5th December
Victoria Central Hospital
29th May to 21st November inclusive
Birkenhead General Hospital
Noon 14th August—9 a.m. 16th August
9 a.m. 28th August—9 a.m. 30th August
St. Helen's Hospital
18th/19th September evening and early morning.
§ Mr. Parry
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will make a statement on the concern expressed at the lack of adequate weekend coverage of casualty and accident units in Liverpool hospitals, details of which have been sent to him by the hon. Member for Liverpool, Scotland Exchange.
§ Mr. Moyle
The organisation of accident and emergency services in any area is the responsibility of the health authority concerned. In recognition of staffing problems at weekends, departmental guidance has suggested the possibility of accident and emergency departments which are not inconveniently distant from each other remaining open in rotation.