Visiting Hours (Children)

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st October 1955.

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Photo of Mr Gerald Williams Mr Gerald Williams , Tonbridge 12:00 am, 31st October 1955

asked the Minister of Health to state the number of hospitals under his control that do not allow daily visiting of children.

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

At the end of 1954, 506 of the 1,362 hospitals admitting children did not allow daily visiting. On the advice of my Standing Medical Advisory Committee, I propose shortly to send hospital authorities a further memorandum on the subject.

Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole

Does the right hon. Gentleman know that private nursing homes allow children to visit their parents and relatives who are sick in those homes? Will he make the same facilities available in State hospitals as are at present available to those who can pay for their treatment?

Photo of Mr Iain Macleod Mr Iain Macleod , Enfield West

I will do everything I can to encourage it, but it is a matter which must be left to those in charge of hospitals and not one on which I would issue an absolute direction.