HC Deb 12 March 1956 vol 550 cc16-7
40. Mr. V. Yates

asked the Minister of Health how many mental-deficiency patients are awaiting admission to institutions within the Birmingham region; and how many non-psychotic mental defectives, who should be accommodated in such institutions, are at present in mental hospitals.

Mr. Turton

On 31st December, 1955, 634. I regret that the information asked for in the second part of the Question is not available.

Mr. Yates

In view of the fact that such a large number of these patients are in mental hospitals when they should be receiving treatment in mental deficiency institutions, may I ask the Minister what steps he is taking to see that there are some day hospitals or that better accommodation is provided to relieve this congestion?

Mr. Turton

The following works are in progress to provide additional accommodation for mental defectives: hut adaptations at the Lea Colony, Bromsgrove; St. Margarets Hospital, Great Barr—a further hostel there; and two 50-bed units at Stallington Hall.