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Ear, Nose And Throat Cases, Birmingham

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 8 April 1954

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asked the Minister of Health what steps he intends to take to remedy the emergency created by a list of 4,934 patients awaiting treatment at the ear and throat hospital in Birmingham.

Although my right hon. Friend shares the hon. Member's concern that this waiting list should be reduced, he cannot accept that an emergency exists. In fact, emergency cases are admitted immediately, and urgent waiting cases within two or three weeks. Steps have, however, been taken to increase facilities in the Birmingham area for the treatment of these cases at several other hospitals.