§ Mr. Lomas
asked the Minister of Health if he will make a statement on the closing of the Mill Hill Hospital, Huddersfield, for the treatment of infectious diseases; and what is the maximum distance patients suffering from infectious diseases, and visiting friends and relatives, will have to travel to the Leeds Road Hospital, Bradford.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
The Leeds Regional Hospital Board have decided that infectious disease in this part of their area should be treated at one hospital where medical and nursing staff and equipment can be concentrated to provide a more effective and economical service. I support such better use of hospital resources even though I realise it increases travel for some patients and visitors. The maximum distance could be 20 miles but74W the bulk of the population served live very much closer to the hospital. Mill Hill Hospital is not being closed, but will be used entirely for geriatric patients.