Aged and Chronic Sick, Birmingham

Oral Answers to Questions — National Health Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr Victor Yates Mr Victor Yates , Birmingham, Ladywood 12:00 am, 28th July 1949

asked the Minister of Health if the Regional Hospital Board have completed their investigation of the problem of the aged and chronic sick in the City of Birmingham; and what steps are being taken to improve existing facilities for those aged persons in need of hospital treatment.

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

The regional board has not yet completed its investigation; meanwhile efforts are being made to increase nursing staff and to bring into use additional beds.

Photo of Mr Victor Yates Mr Victor Yates , Birmingham, Ladywood

Is my hon. Friend aware that the waiting lists in these hospitals are such that admission cannot be obtained under about three months, in spite of the fact that more aged chronic mental patients have been admitted to hospitals in the past year than in previous years? In view of the urgency of this grave problem, will my hon. Friend press for an investigation so as to get a solution?

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

Most urgent steps are being taken. We fully appreciate the urgency of the matter.

Photo of Sub-Lieutenant Herschel Austin Sub-Lieutenant Herschel Austin , Stretford

Would my hon. Friend bear in mind that Birmingham is not alone in this respect? Will he see that other areas. including cities like Manchester, are given equal consideration?

Photo of Mr Percy Shurmer Mr Percy Shurmer , Birmingham Sparkbrook

Is it not a fact that this is the result not of the present National Health Service, but of neglect in the past to build hospitals?