HC Deb 02 May 1929 vol 227 cc1686-7

asked the Minister of Pensions the number of ex-service men who are still receiving hospital treatment for wounds or other disabilities arising out of War service, giving the separate figures for in-door and out-door patients; and what has been the decrease in numbers owing to deaths and on account of cures, respectively, since 1st January, 1928?

The MINISTER of PENSIONS (Major Tryon)

At the 31st March last there were 11,785 in-patients in institutions of all kinds at the charge of the Ministry (including cases in mental hospitals) and 2,688 cases in attendance for out-patient treatment. These figures are lower than the corresponding numbers of patients under treatment fifteen months earlier by 1,360 in-patients and 2,142 out-patients. I have no precise information as to the extent to which this decline has been brought about by the two causes mentioned, but I may say that, while the numbers under treatment fluctuate considerably, there has been a persistent decline in the demand for hospital treatment for several years past.


Can the right hon. and gallant Member give the number of persons who are referred to as mental patients?


Six thousand.