§ Sir E. Graham-Little
asked the Minister of Health whether he will distinguish between the categories of senile and chronic, or bedridden, sick; whether he is aware that at a hospital, of which he has been informed, there were, in October last, 500 patients, 95 per cent. of whom were bedridden; that the medical staff was only two in number; that, while there was a considerable number of assistant nurses, there were only ten with full training; that, notwithstanding intensive bombing nearby, no effort was made to remove 44W patients; that early in October the hospital suffered a hit from a high explosive, as a result of which eighty-five patients and three nurses lost their lives; and will he take measures to prevent a repetition of this in other hospitals similarly situated?
§ Mr. E. Brown
I assume that the first part of the Question refers to my reply to my hon. Friend's previous Question on 17th June last. I cannot give precise figures, but It may be taken that of the 4,000 described as removed from public assistance hospitals, the great majority were bedridden, while of the 4,000 described as removed from shelters the great majority were not. With regard to the latter part of the Question I would refer him to that reply.