Mental Hospitals (Discharged Patients)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th December 1958.

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Photo of Mr Norman Dodds Mr Norman Dodds , Erith and Crayford 12:00 am, 8th December 1958

is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware that I am delighted that nearly 2,000 people who had been wrongfully certified have now been allowed out? Does he not think it a terrible indictment that a country such as ours should detain 3,000 people who have never been certified, and should do so largely because we have no other place for them than mental institutions? I ask the Minister to undo some of the wrong which has been done. Is it not possible to give them some special rehabilitation courses to help to smooth their way back into the community?