§ Mrs. Mahon
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Services what action he intends to take on behalf of the residents of the Fielden hospital for the mentally handicapped who are to be placed in unsuitable accommodation because their present hospital is to close; and if he will allocate Calderdale health authority additional money in order to avoid hardship to these residents.
§ Mrs. Currie
[holding answer 13 November 1987]: Provision of local health services is for Calderdale health authority to determine. It is accountable to Yorkshire regional health authority for service delivery. The hon. Member may wish to write to the chairman of Calderdale health authority for the assurances she is clearly seeking.
I understand that the proposals referred to by the hon. Member involve the bringing forward of plans to close Fielden hospital and the transfer of approximately 30 patients affected to Stansfield view hospital, the second mental handicap hospital in the district, where suitable accommodation will be provided. Calderdale health authority is upgrading one of the wards at Stansfield view to enable the transfer to take place.