Respiratory Diseases

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Ellis Smith Mr Ellis Smith , Stoke-on-Trent South 12:00 am, 20th July 1959

asked the Minister of Health the estimated percentage of those who died through respiratory diseases throughout the country and for Stoke-on-Trent, Lancashire and Sussex, and the totals, respectively, for the years 1938 and 1958.

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

As the Answer contains a number of figures, I will, with permission, set these out in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following are the figures:

provided 513 additional beds for mentally defective patients since 1948, the majority of which are occupied by patients from Essex, and it is hoped to provide a further 170 beds within the next two years. In addition, the county council is considering the provision of some accommodation for cases needing residential but not hospital care.

Photo of Bernard Braine Bernard Braine , Essex South East

While it is, of course, good news that the number of child mental defectives has decreased, the overall figure has. I understand, increased and there are still children in the county, in my constituency in particular, for whom accommodation is unable to be found. Will my hon. Friend ensure that effort is made to speed up the action which the county authority apparently contemplates taking?

Mr. Thompson:

Yes, Sir.