Crumpsall Hospital, Manchester (Chaplaincy)

Oral Answers to Questions — Hospitals – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st August 1966.

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Photo of Mr Paul Rose Mr Paul Rose , Manchester, Blackley 12:00 am, 1st August 1966

asked the Minister of Health what further representations he has received concerning the chaplaincy at Crumpsall Hospital, Manchester; and what action he proposes to take.

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

Representations from the Ruridecanal Conference of the Cheetham Deanery and from the Secretary of the Readers' Board of the Diocese of Manchester have been carefully considered but my right hon. Friend sees no grounds to vary the decision conveyed to my hon. Friend on 11th May.

Photo of Mr Paul Rose Mr Paul Rose , Manchester, Blackley

Whilst thanking my hon. Friend for his courtesy in receiving a deputation on the matter, may I ask him whether he does not consider that a full-time chaplaincy is needed in what is, after all, the largest general hospital in Manchester? Would he not, perhaps, reconsider the criteria that are laid down by his Ministry?

Photo of Mr Charles Loughlin Mr Charles Loughlin , Gloucestershire West

No, Sir. We cannot at this stage reconsider the criteria. As my hon. Friend knows, the criterion is 750 patients. In the case of Crumpsall Hospital, I understand that the hospital has about 600 Church of England patients, and consequently there is difficulty in appointing a full-time chaplain in those conditions.