HC Deb 10 November 1976 vol 919 cc199-200W
Mr. Hatton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish in the Official Report details of the report by consultant engineers on the condition of the structure of the Manchester Royal Infirmary; and whether during any further examination of the buildings it will be necessary to make alternative arrangements to ensure the continuation of facilities for medical care.

Mr. Moyle

The technical report recommended that, whilst no immediate dangerous condition had been found several features of the construction of buildings at Manchester Royal Infirmary erected in 1908 were potentially problem areas and that if the buildings were to continue in use for a number of years remedial measures, including the replacement of the roof, should be undertaken.

A programme of detailed examination of buildings, and the re-roofing and upgrading of units on the site, is proposed by the North-Western Regional Health Authority. This work will necessitate vacation of units and reaccommodation of patients within the hospital. I am arranging for a copy of the report to be sent to my hon. Friend.

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