HC Deb 01 February 1960 vol 616 cc632-3
46. Mr. K. Robinson

asked the Minister of Health what guidance he has given or proposes to give to regional boards and management committees, in the light of the recommendation of the Platt Committee on the Welfare of Children in Hospital, relating to the admission of the mother to hospital along with the sick child, especially when the child is under five.

Mr. Walker-Smith

I have invited hospital authorities to implement all the recommendations of this Committee that concern matters within their jurisdiction.

Mr. Robinson

Is the Minister aware of the very successful experiment carried on in Amersham Hospital in this direction, which has been shown to be in the interests not only of children and parents but of nursing staff? In the light of that, will he pay particular attention to this recommendation and do his best to encourage other hospital authorities to follow suit?

Mr. Walker-Smith

I shall certainly look at that with interest in the context of all the information I shall be shortly getting. The hon. Member may recall that when I sent out the original memorandum I said that in twelve months I should call for a report on the action taken. I shall be shortly calling for that report.