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Hospitals (Isolation Of Patients)

Volume 934: debated on Wednesday 29 June 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, in the light of the decision of the European Commission of Human Rights in the case of Clarke v United Kingdom, application No. 6840/74, what guidance he intends to give on the use of isolation at Broad-moor and at other special hospitals and National Health Service hospitals.

In the case of Clarke v the United Kingdom, the European Commission on Human Rights has declared his complaint under Article 3 of the convention to be admissible. This does not imply any judgment as to the merits of the complaint. It means only that the Commission regards the complaint as proper for investigation. Whether any additional guidance is necessary will be considered in the light of the Commission's eventual conclusions.