HC Deb 02 February 1971 vol 810 cc313-4W
Mrs. Shirley Williams

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what proposals he has received for an after- care service for long-stay patients discharged from mental hospitals, and for long-stay patients discharged from special hospitals; and what reply he has sent.

Sir K. Joseph

I have received suggestions from a former patient at one of the special hospitals that a national after-care service should be provided for patients discharged from psychiatric hospitals, including the special hospitals.

I am studying the availability and adequacy of the existing after-care services and their need for development.