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Hospital Patients, Liverpool (Leave Arrangements)

Volume 155: debated on Monday 26 June 1922

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asked the Minister of Pensions whether he is aware of the serious unrest and dissatisfaction existing amongst the patients at the Ministry of Pensions hospitals at Knotty Ash, Liverpool, and Mossley Hill Hospital, Liverpool, the new Regulations that have been imposed upon them being of such a character that men who ought to have plenty of fresh air are deprived of the same; and whether he will have inquiries made into the matter, with a view to allowing more liberty at the above-mentioned hospitals?

The leave arrangements at these hospitals are not less favourable than at any other Ministry hospital, and are greatly in excess of any such facilities granted by civil hospitals. My hon. Friend will realise that privileges of this nature cannot be extended to the prejudice of the successful treatment of the men or the effective management of the institution. There are ample opportunities for the patients to get plenty of fresh air apart from the leave arrangements.