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 Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East 12:00 am, 8th December 1958

We do not know, of course, that all those cases are similar to the Rutty case, because we do not know the facts which were before the court. The board is not in a position at any time to know the facts before the court at the time of their admission. These are cases which appear on the face of it to have some similarity, but I am sure that what the hon. Member has in mind is that the basis of the Rutty decision was on the construction of the words "found neglected" and, as he will appreciate, there is no doubt that many of these 3,000 people are in need of care and treatment for their mental condition.