§ Mr. Awbery
asked the Minister of Health if he is aware that mental patients have to be sent away from Bristol because the mental hospitals in that district are full; what steps he is taking to remedy this; and if he will arrange for patients to be accommodated in hospitals nearest their own homes when this is possible.
§ Mr. Iain Macleod
It was necessary in the last year to send 2.7 per cent. of these cases to mental hospitals outside the city. The accommodation in Bristol will be increased when conditions allow.174W In the meantime, the regional hospital board will do all they can to mitigate hardship.