HC Deb 25 January 1951 vol 483 cc291-2
31. Mr. Storey

asked the Minister of Health if he has considered the circumstances preceding the death of Charles Walker, who was found dying outside a lonely hut in Urmston Meadows, to which he had been returned after being refused admission to Park Hospital, Davyhulme because he was not sufficiently ill, and to a welfare hostel at Ancoats because he was too ill; and what steps have been taken by his Department to secure a more realistic liaison between the National Health Service and those responsible for the administration of National Assistance and the Vagrancy Acts.

Mr. Marquand

I am getting a report from the regional hospital board, and when I have it I shall consider what action is needed.

Mr. Storey

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that this case shows a grave breach of liaison between National Assistance and the Health Service, and will he give an assurance that he will take steps to see that there is the greatest possible liaison in all parts of the country?

Mr. Marquand

I quite agree that there should be such liaison, but I cannot make up my mind whether there is or is not such liaison until I receive the report.