§ Mr. K. Robinson
asked the Minister of Heath how many beds were occupied by mentally ill patients at 31st December, 1960, 1961, and 1962; and how these figures compare with the statistical projections of the Tooth-Brooke paper upon which psychiatric developments within the Hospital Plan were based.
§ Mr. Barber
The numbers of patients resident in mental hospitals and in other hospital units for the mentally ill were as follows:
31st December, 1960 136,162 31st December, 1961 133,560 31st December, 1962 131,500 (provisional)
These figures (which represent respectively 2.975, 2.89 and 2.82 occupied beds per 1,000 population) do not suggest that the estimate of bed needs for mental illness in 1975 used in Command 1604 needs revision.