§ Mr. Whitaker
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many complaints the Mental Welfare Commission has investigated, with what results; and what plans he has for a similar system for non-mental hospitals.
§ Mr. Ross
The Mental Welfare Commission has told me that during the year ending 29th May it received 73 complaints of a varied nature; and that in 35 cases the complaints were found to have no foundation, in 26 cases satisfactory explanations were received, in nine cases remedial action was taken on its recommendation and in three cases action is not yet complete. These figures do not include requests by patients for discharge or complaints raised by patients at their interviews with medical commissioners and satisfactorily dealt with at the time.
I have no plans at present for a similar system for non-mental hospitals.