Welfare Clinics

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th February 1962.

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Photo of Commander John Kerans Commander John Kerans , Hartlepools, The 12:00 am, 12th February 1962

asked the Minister of Health how many welfare clinics are operating under his Department in England and Wales; how many persons are employed by these clinics; and what is the total cost to the National Health Service.

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

None, Sir; this is a local authority service.

Photo of Commander John Kerans Commander John Kerans , Hartlepools, The

Does not my hon. Friend agree that far too many welfare clinics are operating at present? Does not she agree that in many cases these are abused, in that those who really need them do not get a look in? Surely this is one major economy the possibility of which can be looked into in the future?

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

I am absolutely certain from my experience of local authorities, that maternity and child welfare clinics provide an excellent service. Contrary to what my hon. and gallant Friend has stated, attendance at these clinics continues to increase.