HC Deb 06 December 1922 vol 159 c1761
65. Mr. SITCH

asked the Minister of Labour, as representing the Ministry of Health, whether he is aware that the Cobb Committee on the Administration of Public Mental Hospitals recommended in their Report issued in 1922, that notices should be placed in the waiting rooms of these institutions to inform friends and relations of patients of the provisions of Section 70 of The Lunacy Act, 1890, empowering them to make application for the discharge of a patient; and, in view of the fact that these provisions are hidden from the public, and that visiting committees have hitherto paid little or no attention to circulars enjoining them to take into consideration the applications of relatives, will he cause the said notices to be posted up in accordance with the recommendation without further delay?


All asylum authorities have been requested to set out the effect of Section 79 of the Act in the regulations as to visitation which are sent to friends of patients. The Board of Control consider this preferable to putting up a notice in the waiting room.