HC Deb 26 October 1972 vol 843 c381W
Mr. McNamara

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland why Eamonn Loughrey at present on remand in Her Majesty's Prison, The Maze, Long Kesh, Northern Ireland, was tranferred there from the military wing of Musgrove Park Hospital without consulting the surgeon who was treating his case at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, as the surgeon had requested.

Mr. David Howell

When Mr. Loughrey was transferred from the Royal Victoria Hospital to the military wing of the Musgrove Park Hospital on 2nd October, full responsibility for his medical treatment thereafter was, in accordance with normal medical procedure, transferred to the medical authorities in charge of the hospital military wing. The letter of discharge which accompanied the patient made no request that the Royal Victoria Hospital or any of its staff should be kept informed of his future progress nor are the military medical authorities aware of any such request having been made.

Mr. Loughrey was transferred from Musgrove Park Hospital to H.M. Prison Maze since, in the opinion of the medical authorities, his medical condition no longer required that he remain as an in-patient at the hospital.