§ 42. Mr. J. Harrison
asked the Minister of Health what facilities are at present available for the institutional treatment of mental cases in the Nottingham area in view of the large number of cases awaiting admission; and how the present facilities compare with those available three years ago.
§ Mr. Harrison
In view of the urgent character of this problem, will the Minister refuse to be persuaded to economise in this service for the institutional care of these mental cases, no matter what else he feels should be the victim of economy in this valuable service?
§ Mr. Walker-Smith
In the hospital programme generally, I am sure that the hon. Member is aware of the rising trend of the amount which we are spending year by year on capital investment in the hospital sector.
§ Following are the figures:
|AUTHORISED ACCOMMODATION IN NOTTINGHAMSHIRE (BEDS)|
|—||Mental Illness||Mental Deficiency|
|31st December, 1954||1,892||219|
|In addition Aston Hall Hospital, Derbyshire, where there has been an increase from 271 to 391 since the end of 1954 in the beds available, is used for mentally defective patients from Nottinghamshire.|