HC Deb 10 January 1996 vol 269 cc259-60W
Rev. Martin Smyth

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures have been taken to strengthen regional children's specialties. [8136]

Sir John Wheeler

The final stage of a major programme of redevelopment, costing about £10 million, is currently underway at the Royal Belfast hospital for sick children. This will include new operating theatres, an intensive care unit, an out-patients department and an accident and emergency department. The scheme is due for completion in 1998 and meanwhile the Government are satisfied with the present range and quality of regional medical services for children in Northern Ireland.

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