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Secure Patients

Volume 984: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the age of each of the 16 men and five women at Rampton who have been waiting for over four years for a transfer to a National Health Service hospital; and what is the length of time each had been waiting and the reason, in each case for the delay.

One of the 16 men and one of the five women have now been transferred. The ages of the remaining ones, and the length of time that each has been waiting for a suitable place to become available in an appropriate NHS hospital are as follows:

Peroid of waiting
AgeYearsMonths
Males—
2441
2656
28411
2955
3144
364
3641
38511
404
40411
4843
5654
5646
6042
6545
Females—
3375
3541
3653
37411
I regret that information with regard to the exact causes of delay in each of these 21 cases is not readily available because the files are in action in various places, and the cost of obtaining it would be excessive.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the age of the woman at Moss-Side who has been waiting for over four years for a transfer to a National Health Service hospital, the length of time she has been waiting and the reason for the delay.

The woman is aged 46 and has been waiting 4 years and 11 months for a transfer to a National Health Service hospital. The delay in securing her transfer, which I much regret, has been due to the pressure on beds at the mental handicap hospital which serves her home area and the need to give priority to urgent cases from the community.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the age of the man at Broadmoor who has been waiting for over four years for a transfer to a National Health Service hospital, the length of time he has been waiting and the reason for the delay.

The man is aged 42 and has now been waiting 5 years 4 months for a transfer to a National Health Service hospital. I understand that the delay in securing his transfer has been mainly because transfer to the NHS hospital in his home area, which would normally be expected to take such a patient, was difficult because of objections by relatives to having him in close proximity. His responsible medical officer feels that he is now well enough to be discharged directly to supervised hostel accommodation in the community and his recent recommendation to this effect is currently being considered by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Home Department.