HC Deb 13 April 1984 vol 58 c429W
Mr. Barry Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many existing hospitals there are in Wales for the mentally handicapped; and how many patients they cater for.

Mr. Wyn Roberts

There are currently 13 hospitals for people with mental handicap in Wales and these are supplemented by seven units within acute hospitals. Information on the numbers of people using these establishments is given below and refers to 1982.

In-patient admissions or re-admissions 1,876
Out-patient attendances 4,186
Day hospital attendances 14,772
Day patients attendances at main hospitals 18,399

There were 2,103 resident patients at 31 December 1982.

Mr. Barry Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Wales how many new hospitals for mentally handicapped people are at the development stage; what size they will be; and what is the current estimate of their total cost in each case.

Mr. Wyn Roberts

The all-Wales strategy for the development of services for mentally handicapped people is being undertaken in each county through 10 year plans which are currently being prepared by social services departments in consultation with other statutory authorities and representatives of mentally handicapped people. The intention is that these plans should include the future role and provision of hospital services.