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Chronic Sick Beds, Newport

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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asked the Minister of Health how many beds are available for the chronic sick in Newport; how the number compares with other areas; whether he is aware of the long lists of applicants waiting for beds in the Royal Gwent Hospital; and what action he is taking to deal with the situation.

Eighty-five beds are available, which is somewhat less than the average for the country. I am aware of the long waiting list at the Royal Gwent Hospital and steps have been taken to improve the position by a quicker turnover of beds. The provision of additional beds and other facilities is under consideration for action when resources permit.