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Adolescent And Child Psychiatric Patients

Volume 721: debated on Thursday 25 November 1965

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asked the Minister of Health, what recommendation he has made to regional hospital boards on the number of beds for adolescent and child psychiatric patients per million of the population, respectively; and what are the actual numbers in use at present in England and Wales.

Boards have been advised to provide special units for mentally ill and seriously maladjusted adolescents and children on a scale of 20 to 25 beds per million population, and 20 to 25 beds per million population plus 25 beds per region, respectively. At present 183 (about 4 per million) and 474 (about 10 per million) such beds, respectively, are provided.