HC Deb 03 March 1987 vol 111 cc579-80W
Mr. Alton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the policy of Olive Mount hospital, Liverpool, towards the discharge of its patients.

Mrs. Currie

I understand that, wherever possible, the views and wishes of patients and their relatives are taken into account when decisions are being taken to transfer patients out of Olive Mount hospital. No patient is transferred into a community setting until the health authority is satisfied that facilities and services required to meet his or her needs are available. This is in line with Government policy.

If the hon. Member is aware of particular difficulties concerning patients at Olive Mount hospital he may wish to contact the chairman of Liverpool health authority.