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Tuesday, 23 July 1946

Mr HARRISON (WENTWORTH, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for the Army whether servicemen suffering from war neurosis have thrown or attempted to throw themselves from balconies at 113ih Australian General Hospital, Yaralla? When was the first attempt made ? How many attempts have succeeded ? "What precautionary measures have been taken to ensure that these unfortunate sufferers shall be unable to do themselves physical harm?

Mr FORDE - The honorable member raised this matter in conversation with me, because he was concerned at the attempts by ' servicemen who are very ill or are suffering from war neurosis to commit suicide or to do themselves harm. Inquiries have elicited the information that for some months there has not been an attempt by va serviceman, to jump from a balcony at 113th Australian General Hospital. These nerve cases, which require restraint, are already housed in an enclosed ward in the pavilion. Special provision has .been made to accommodate safely such cases in wards on the ground floor. I have received this advice from the commanding officer of the hospital. I am assured that the man who jumped over a balcony some months ago was not a nerve case. He had been operated upon for appendicitis, and there were other complications which I need not discuss now. I can assure the honorable member that all precautions are now being taken to make it impossible for delirious persons and nerve cases to jump over balconies.

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