HC Deb 27 May 1957 vol 571 cc31-2
48. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Health how many mentally defective children are on the waiting list for admission to residential hospital care in the area of the Sheffield Regional Hospital Board.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

Three hundred and fifty-four on 31st December, 1956.

Mr. Janner

is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that the position is extremely serious and that there are very sad cases indeed in the homes? Is he aware that as far back as 15th June his Ministry informed a person in Leicester that the Sheffield Regional Hospital Board was aware of the case and that he would be informed by the Board as soon as there was a suitable vacancy; and has he any idea when these cases are likely to be accommodated?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

The hon. Member ought to know that there has been a reduction from 402 in the last two years. The Regional Board hopes to provide eighty-two more beds this year and a further 190 beds in the course of the next three years in two major building schemes.