HC Deb 21 December 1988 vol 144 c322W
Miss Fookes

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients in special hospitals are currently awaiting transfer to other National Health Service hospitals; and how many of these have been waiting for(a) one to two years, (b) two to three years, (c) three to four years, and (d) over four years.

Mr. Freeman

There are 47 patients in the special hospitals who have been recommended for a move to another hospital on trial leave or transfer and who are currently awaiting a vacancy in an identified hospital. Of these, four patients have been waiting for one to two years, and two patients for two to three years; none have been waiting for longer than three years. The length of wait has been calculated:

  1. (i) in the case of patients subject to restrictions under the Mental Health Act, from the date on which the Home Secretary's consent to transfer was obtained, and
  2. (ii) in the case of unrestricted patients, from the date on which a placement was agreed between the special hospital and the receiving hospital.

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