HC Deb 28 January 1975 vol 885 cc77-8W
33. Mr. Michael Spicer

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what plans she has for the provision of hospitals specialising in the rehabilitation of mental patients.

Dr. Owen

Our long-term policy is that comprehensive facilities for the treatment, rehabilitation and care of the mentally ill should be provided as near as practicable to patients' homes.

44. Mr. Moonman

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action she proposes to take on the report on Facilities and Services of Mental Illness and Mental Handicap Hospitals; and if she will make a statement.

Dr. Owen

The data published in the recent report relates to 1972. Data which have yet to be published indicate that in 1973 there was further progress in general towards the minimum standards set for these hospitals by my Department. Health authorities were reminded last year of the need to give high priority to attaining standards set for achievement during 1974.

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