§ Mr. Jessel
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he is taking to facilitate communication between a patient now resident in the Horton Hospital, Epsom, Surrey and her husband, particulars of which case have been sent to him by the hon. Member for Twickenham; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Alison
Both I and the hospital authorities regret the distress suffered by my hon. Friend's constituent because he was unable to communicate with his wife the day before she was discharged from Horton Hospital. The hospital has sent him a full explanation of the circumstances. The fitting of new telephone exchange equipment this summer should prevent any recurrence of such a problem.