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Children In Hospitals (Parents' Visits)

Volume 526: debated on Thursday 29 April 1954

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is satisfied with the response to his suggestions about greater facilities for parents to visit their children in hospital; and which hospitals refuse to allow visits, other than exceptions made on strictly medical grounds.

No detailed information is available, but my right hon. Friend has reason to believe that the response to his recommendations has generally been favourable.

If I send to the hon. Lady information of a hospital where the matron refuses to allow parents to see their children until they have been in-patients for one month, will she look into the matter?

I shall certainly be prepared to look into it, but the hon. Member will be aware that the final decision rests with the hospital and with the discretion of the matron of the hospital and not with my right hon. Friend.