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Prestwich Hospital (Long-Stay Patients)

Volume 77: debated on Wednesday 24 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how many new long-stay mental illness patients have been admitted to Prestwich hospital by the Salford district health authority; if the judgment exercised regarding admitting such patients is being taken on medical or administrative gounds; what is the policy of his Department regarding the admission of such patients; and if he will make a statement.

The admission of long-stay mental illness patients to Prestwich hospital is the responsibility of the Salford district health authority. The hon. Member may wish to make inquiries of the chairman of the authority.In general, our policy favours the provision of comprehensive services for mental illness patients on a district basis using facilities conveniently situated for the community served.