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Health Services (Capital Provision)

Volume 116: debated on Thursday 14 May 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will give details of capital provision for hospital and community health services in Wales in 1987–88.

A capital spending programme totalling £53·4 million has been approved for hospital and community health services in Wales in 1987–88.The programme includes expenditure of £13·3 million for major schemes already in progress, the greatest part of which goes towards the continuing construction of Llanelli general hospital. Other schemes which benefit include developments at Llandough near Cardiff, Morriston and Singleton in Swansea and Withybush in Haverfordwest, remedial work at West Wales general hospital, Carmarthen and the University hospital of Wales, Cardiff and renovation work and the Prince of Wales hospital Rhydlafar and St. David's hospital, Carmarthen.Some £3·7 million has been allocated for centrally funded developments and regional services which include the improvement of cardiac services in South Glamorgan, the implementation of recommendations made in the report on regional services in north Wales and the provision of the first of the medium secure psychiatric units. Three further computerised tomography scanners are to be purchased and will he located at Ysbyty Gwynedd in Bangor, East Glamorgan hospital, Church Village and Velindre hospital in Cardiff, thus further extending the availability of this valuable diagnostic technique.Other allocations include £3·6 million for computer and information technology developments and the establishment of a resource management pilot scheme in West Glamorgan, £1·5 million for psychiatric bridging finance to help move from large psychiatric hospitals to community care and £0·3 million for the provision of equipment in special care baby units as part of the perinatal mortality initiative. A block allocation of £24·5 million has been made to district health authorities, a 14 per cent. increase over their 1986–87 allocation. Allocations to individual authorities are as follows:—

£ million
East Dyfed1·8
Mid Glamorgan4·7
South Glamorgan2·2
West Glamorgan4·1