HC Deb 30 November 1971 vol 827 c50W
40. Mr. Haselhurst

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he can give a date for the opening of the adolescent psychiatric unit at the Prestwich Hospital for the purpose for which it was intended; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Alison

Not yet. The regional board's proposal for the consultant post will very shortly be put to the Advisory Committee on Consultant Establishments. It was necessary first, in consultation with the board and in the light of expert advice, to get the duties of the post carefully defined. When approval of the post has been given it will taken time to select and appoint the new consultant, and in turn for him to take part in the selection of staff for the unit. In the meantime the unit is being put to good use as an admission ward for adult mental illness patients.