HC Deb 08 July 1952 vol 503 cc1081-2
28. Major Anstruther-Gray

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether his attention has been drawn to complaints, supported by members of regional hospital boards, that patients are awakened at an unnecessarily early hour; and if he will take action in the matter.

Mr. J. Stuart

This point was dealt with in a Report from the Scottish Health Services Council circulated to hospital authorities last August. I am sending my hon. and gallant Friend a copy.

Major Anstruther-Gray

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that anything which will reduce the tedium of long weary hours of suffering is very well worth consideration? Will he therefore be active in this matter on his own accord?

Mr. Stuart

Yes. The boards of management have accepted the recommendation which will be found in paragraph 72 of the Council's Report.

Mr. Rankin

Could we be told what is an unnecessarily early hour?

Mr. Stuart

The Report advocated not earlier than 6 a.m. and later if possible.