HC Deb 22 January 1980 vol 977 cc157-8W
Mr. Charles Irving

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many patients currently detained in each of the special hospitals have been in special hospitals for (a) less than five years, (b)

Broadmoor Rampton Moss Side Park Lane
0–5 years 328 294 132 20
5–10 years 215 283 113 30
10–15 years 91 136 73 14
15–20 years 40 53 22 2
20–25 years 19 27 14 0
25–30 years 12 16 11 1
30–40 years 13 11 4 0
Over 40 years 2 15 4 0
Total 720 835 373 67

Except in a few cases where the patients had been re-admitted following a short period in the East dale unit, the periods given relate to the periods of detention in one or more than one special hospital since the date of admission or last readmission to such a hospital.

Mr. Charles Irving

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many patients were transferred from special to local hospitals during 1976, 1977 and 1978; and how many were accepted by each area health authority.

Sir George Young

The number of patients transferred from special to local hospitals was as follows:

1976 148
1977 142
1978 166

Information in respect of the area health authorities to which the patients were transferred is not readily available and an attempt to provide it would be disproportionate in terms of time and cost.

Mr. Charles Irving

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied that patients who are less than 16 years of age in special hospitals are receiving adequate full-time education.

Sir George Young

There are only two patients under the age of 16 years. Both regularly attend the hospital school—which is managed by the local education authority—to the maximum extent to which the responsible medical officer, in consultation with the teaching staff and between five and 10 years, (c) between 10 and 15 years, (d) between 15 to 20 years, (e) between 20 and 25 years, (f) between 25 and 30 years, (g) between 30 and 40 years. and (h) more than 40 years.

Sir George Young

At 31 December 1979, patients in the special hospitals had been detained for the following periods:

other members of the clinical team responsible for their treatment, think desirable having regard to their mental condition and to other treatment needs. I am advised that at the moment both the boys are currently attending classes for at least as long a period as it is likely they would were they not in hospital, taking account of the longer school term at the hospital.