HC Deb 16 February 1959 vol 600 c24
39. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Health what guidance he proposes to give to regional hospital boards with regard to the establishment of units for the treatment of patients suffering from psychopathic disorder.

Mr. Walker-Smith

This matter is already being discussed with hospital boards, and I will consider the need for issuing formal guidance at the appropriate time.

Mr. Robinson

Is the Minister aware that regional boards will need all the help he can give them in this difficult task? Will he give an assurance that he will help in the cross-fertilisation of ideas and encouragement of experimental units so that we can have the broadest possible attack on this extremely intractable problem?

Mr. Walker-Smith

Yes, Sir. Although I would not be in order in referring in detail to things happening in a Standing Committee upstairs, the hon. Member will be aware that we have had an extended discussion on this difficult problem.