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Mental Homes and Institutions, Edinburgh and Midlothian

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th February 1961.

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Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East 12:00 am, 14th February 1961

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many persons are still awaiting admission to mental homes and institutions in Edinburgh and Midlothian.

Photo of Hon. Thomas Galbraith Hon. Thomas Galbraith , Glasgow Hillhead

On 1st February there were thirty-eight persons awaiting admission to mental hospitals in Edinburgh and Midlothian. There were 117 persons from Edinburgh and Midlothian on the regional waiting list for admission to mental deficiency hospitals; of these twenty-four were classified as urgent.

Photo of Mr Eustace Willis Mr Eustace Willis , Edinburgh East

Is not it rather shocking that, after ten years of Tory rule, we still have these long waiting dists? When will there be an appreciable change for the better in the situation?

Photo of Hon. Thomas Galbraith Hon. Thomas Galbraith , Glasgow Hillhead

I think the hon. Gentleman knows that there is a new ward which was opened at Gogarburn Hospital where thirty extra beds became available last week. The remaining beds will be brought into use as soon as possible, and a further sixty supplied during this summer.