HC Deb 07 November 1979 vol 973 c224W
Mr. Freud

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what steps are being taken to reopen Bowthorpe hospital in Wisbech, now closed owing to lack of staff; if he is satisfied with the efforts to recruit staff; and if he will make a statement.

Dr. Vaughan

Health officials assure me that Bowthorpe hospital is not closed, but admissions are affected intermittently by shortages of staff, mainly midwives. The health authority has advertised extensively for midwives, and a further recruitment campaign is about to start. I am asking the health authority to consider every possible way of alleviating present staffing problems.