HC Deb 09 February 1956 vol 548 cc212-3W
90. Lieut.-Colonel Bromley-Davenport

asked the Minister of Health how many mentally defective children are waiting for a place in a suitable institution in Cheshire; what is the average time of waiting; and whether, in view of the effect on the health of the rest of the family who have to look after these children, he will make strenuous efforts to catch up on the waiting list by giving priority to the provision of institutions for such children.

Mr. Turton

Eighty-seven, with an average waiting time of nearly two years. The regional hospital boards are aware of the urgency of the need and about 600 further beds for children are being provided in the Manchester and Liverpool regions in building schemes already in progress or to be started in the next financial year.

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