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Mental Cases (Care And Training)

Volume 465: debated on Thursday 19 May 1949

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asked the Minister of Health what authorities are responsible for the care and training for employment of border-line cases of mental illness, not requiring treatment in mental institutions, mental hospitals or at outpatient clinics.

If the persons in question are not in need of care and treatment either as in-patients or out-patients, it would not appear that either the regional hospital board or the local health authority have responsibility. The question of training for those who need it to enable them to take employment falls within the purview of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Labour and National Service.

Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that training for appropriate employment would enable many of these people to lead normal and useful lives?