Sir M. BARLOW
asked the Pensions Minister whether it is proposed to discontinue the use of Golders Green as a place of treatment for shell-shock cases; and, if so, what arrangements have been made for accommodating the cases now under treatment at Golders Green elsewhere?
§ Mr. HODGE
I have decided, upon the recommendation of my medical advisers, to discontinue the use of Golders Green, which is within the zone of anti-aircraft gunfire, as a home for the treatment of shell-shock and neurasthenia. Accommodation in a rural district admirably suited for the treatment of these cases has been procured at some distance from London.57W
§ Sir W. COLLINS
asked the Pensions Minister whether he has received satisfactory reports of the treatment of neurasthenic patients at the Home of Recovery at Golders Green, established by the British Red Cross Society; and whether the institution is maintained, and will continue to be maintained, by the Ministry of Pensions for the treatment of such patients?
§ Mr. HODGE
The Reports which have been received of the treatment of neurasthenic patients at the Home of Recovery, Golders Green, are satisfactory, but I have decided, on the recommendation of my medical advisers, that patients suffering from these diseases should be removed as far as possible from anti-aircraft gun fire. Fifty per cent. of the cases that are offered accommodation at Golders Green have declined to enter the institution. Many of the reasons alleged are on account of the fear of air-raids, and a large number of the beds available are not in use. I have provided another institution in the country where new cases suffering from shell-shock will be sent as they present themselves.