HC Deb 22 October 1953 vol 518 c300W
115. Mr. Wade

asked the Minister of Health what steps he is taking to ensure that persons who have been detained under a detention order are allowed adequate facilities to obtain an independent medical examination.

Mr. Iain Macleod

Such facilities in accordance with medical custom are usually afforded on application to the hospital by the appropriate relatives or friends. In cases of difficulty the Board of Control have statutory powers under the Lunacy and Mental Treatment Acts to authorise such examinations to be made.