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Greaves Hall Hospital, Ormskirk

Volume 961: debated on Wednesday 24 January 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services why Greaves Hall hospital, Ormskirk, has the fourth lowest percentage of resident patients engaged in day-time activities of all mental handicap hospitals in the United Kingdom.

The latest relevant figures published by my Department refer to England and relate to 1975. They show Greaves Hall as having the seventh lowest percentage of resident patients engaged in day-time activities.I understand that most patients with less severe mental handicap who are referred to the hospital are discharged into the community and that the permanent residents therefore include a higher than average percentage of multiply handicapped patients and patients with severe behaviour disorders whose capacity to benefit from organised training activities of the kind set out in the statistical tables is limited. Many of these patients will, however, be receiving training on the ward.