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Regional Secure Units

Volume 951: debated on Tuesday 13 June 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the projected dates for openings of regional secure units; and where these units are to be sited in each region.

Planning proposals so far submitted to my Department by regional health authorities are as follows:

Region and Proposed Site

  • Northern—St. Luke's Hospital, Middlesbrough.
  • Yorkshire—Fieldhead Hospital, Wakefield.
  • Trent—Towers Hospital, Leicester.
  • North East Thames—Friern Hospital, New Southgate, London.
  • South East Thames—Central Clinic at Bethlem Hospital, London; Peripheral Clinics at Bexley Hospital, Kent, Cane Hill Hospital, Coulsdon, Surrey, Oakwood Hospital, Maidstone, Kent, Hellingly Hospital, Hail-sham, Sussex.
  • South Western—Langdon Hospital, Dawlish.
  • West Midlands—Rubery Hill Hospital, Birmingham.
  • Mersey—Rainhill Hospital, Liverpool.
  • North Western—Prestwich Hospital, Manchester.

The Northern and North Western Regional Health Authorities hope that the regional secure units they are planning will be completed in 1980–81. The other regional health authorities hope that their units will be established in the early 1980s.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what additional funds he plans to make available for the provision of further regional secure units.

I have at present no plans for making provision beyond about 1,000 places or for providing additional funds beyond that, but the need will be reviewed in the light of experence.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many additional places in regional secure units there are in England and Wales for which definite plans have been made and funds allocated.

The 10 planning proposals referred to in my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Rother Valley (Mr. Hardy) on 16th February—[Vol. 944, c. 345]—cover about 580 places. Funds allocated so far relate only to preliminary expenditure.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will give the total number of places in regional secure units he considers to be needed in England and Wales.

Regional health authorities in England have been asked to provide 1,000 places in the first instance. The need for any further places will be reviewed in the light of experience.My right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales is responsible for health services in Wales.