§ Mr. Rose
asked the Minister of Health what action he proposes to take to speed up the provision of an adolescent psychiatric in-patient unit in the area of the North-West Regional Hospital Board.
§ Mr. K. Robinson
The Manchester Regional Hospital Board hope that work on the proposed unit at Prestwick will start this year.8W
patients, in order to reduce the waiting time for these patients.
§ Mr. Loughlin
Pay-beds can, under the provisions of the National Health Service Acts, be used for non-paying patients needing the accommodation on grounds of medical urgency. My right hon. Friend is asking the Board to consider whether the fullest possible use is being made of the beds in this area.
The answer to the first part of the Question is as follows: