§ Mr. Corbyn
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what is the total number of patients in Friern Barnet hospital, what plans he has to ensure that on closure they will all be in satisfactory accommodation; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Dorrell
I understand that there are currently 477 patients in Friern Barnet hospital. The satisfactory transfer of these patients and the provision of associated new residential and day facilities on the hospital's closure, is a matter for North East Thames regional health authority. Since 1 April all psychiatric patients who are discharged, or are being considered for discharge, are subject to the care programme approach contained in circular HC(90)23/LASSL(90)11, a copy of which is available in the Library.