HC Deb 27 January 1960 vol 616 cc46-7W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Minister of Health what is his Department's policy regarding the treatment of poliomyelitis and infective hepatitis in open wards: and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Walker-Smith

I have conveyed to hospital authorities the view that patients suffering from any infectious disease should normally be nursed in isolation and recommended certain precautions to be observed when it is necessary to nurse such patients in open wards. I have suggested that special hospital units should be provided where practicable for the treatment of poliomyelitis.