§ Mr. Brocklebank-Fowler
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is his assessment of the damage to the King's Lynn Hospital; and if he will make a special grant to the area health authority to enable complete replacement to take place with the minimum delay.
§ Mr. Moyle
It is for health authorities to make provision within their cash limits to cover damage caused by flooding, fire etc. It is therefore for the Norfolk Area Health Authority to assess the damage caused to hospitals in the King's Lynn Health District by the recent flooding, and, with financial assistance from the RHA, to take whatever measures it considers necessary. I understand that in a report considered on 17th January by the Norfolk Area Health Authority it was anticipated that patients will be able to return to the hospitals affected in about three weeks time. Meanwhile, the patients affected are being cared for in other hospitals in the area.