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The Eastern Regional Hospital Board has confirmed its policy for the establishment of a permanent district hospital in Angus.

It reiterated its view that it should be sited in Brechin or Arbroath, and expressed the opinion that Stracathro Hospital would not be suitable.

But Stracathro would be used as an interim Angus district hospital. The Rev. Archibald Russell, Arbroath, vice-chairman of the regional Board, registered his dissent in the policy and planning subcommittee.

He argued that the Angus district hospital proposal should be abandoned and that the inpatient service for the area should be provided for in the Dundee teaching hospitals.

At last Monday’s meeting of the Town Council, Mr Dick of Messrs Ritchie and Dick, explained the revised plan for the proposed old people’s house on the Whyte’s Buildings site, which had been altered in accordance with suggestions made by Councillors.

The entire unit had been moved 12 feet further back and all the houses would now have an unobstructed view to the street.

As the tenants would be spending most of their time in their own homes, it was felt that they should be given a good view from their own rooms. It was less important in the common room, though in it, a large part of one wall would be of glass.