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Broadmoor Special Hospital

Volume 171: debated on Wednesday 25 April 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he intends to take in the light of the report on the death of Joseph Watts in Broadmoor special hospital; and whether he will publish the report of the special hospital service board.

The report of the inquiry team has been the subject of detailed consideration within the Department and, in the light of the Department's initial comments, by the general manager of Broadmoor hospital. The report, with the hospital's interim response, has now been referred to the Special Hospitals Service Authority (since 1 October 1989, the body responsible for the management of the special hospitals). The authority has been asked to address the report's findings; review follow-up action taken to date; and consider the further handling of the report, including the arrangements for its wider distribution. We expect to receive the authority's proposals shortly, and then to make a further statement.