Elderly Persons (Health and Welfare Services)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East 12:00 am, 20th July 1959

asked the Minister of Health whether he will carry out a review of domiciliary health and welfare services for the elderly that have been developed since the publication of the Boucher Report.

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

I keep in close touch with developments in this service through my medical staff and regional officers and I do not consider that a further special review is needed at this time.

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

Does the right hon. and learned Gentleman not feel that, in view of the great value of this Report and the great importance of the services whose development it recommended, it is desirable to have a further check-up to see exactly what has been done and to publish the information for the help of authorities generally?

Photo of Mr Derek Walker-Smith Mr Derek Walker-Smith , Hertfordshire East

I am satisfied that the local authorities are continuing to develop the domiciliary health and welfare services on the lines which I have commended to them following the survey in question. There is, I am glad to say, a lot of evidence of the progress which has been made following that action.