Maternity and Child Welfare

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st July 1961.

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Photo of Mr Kenneth Lewis Mr Kenneth Lewis , Rutland and Stamford 12:00 am, 31st July 1961

asked the Minister of Health whether he will consider some amalgamation of the local authority maternity and child welfare services, for which he provides grants, with hospital maternity and child welfare services, for both manpower and premises.

Photo of Miss Edith Pitt Miss Edith Pitt , Birmingham, Edgbaston

My right hon. Friend does not consider that amalgamation would be practicable, but there is much room for closer co-operation, which he proposes to encourage.

Photo of Mr Kenneth Lewis Mr Kenneth Lewis , Rutland and Stamford

Will my hon. Friend ask her right hon. Friend to initiate discussions with local authorities to see whether, where overlapping is taking place, some saving can be effected either to the local authority or to the Ministry?

Photo of Miss Edith Pitt Miss Edith Pitt , Birmingham, Edgbaston

I doubt whether saving is practicable. I wonder if my hon. Friend is confusing the maternity and child welfare service with the maternity service of hospitals. They have one thing in commons—they both provide maternity services, but local authorities provide much more—home helps, health visitors and welfare services. Where co-operation can be encouraged in the first of these maternity services, we are doing so.