Old People (Welfare Services)

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th April 1964.

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Photo of Mr William Hannan Mr William Hannan , Glasgow Maryhill 12:00 am, 15th April 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will initiate consultations between the Scottish Home and Health Department and local authorities for the purpose of creating at an early date a unified and comprehensive welfare service for the care of old people.

Photo of Mr Gordon Campbell Mr Gordon Campbell , Moray and Nairnshire

My right hon.. Friend wants the services for old people to be as comprehensive as possible, and his Department is constantly in touch with local authorities about means of improving them. But I am not sure that these services would operate more effectively if they were separated from the similar services provided for the rest of the community.

Photo of Mr William Hannan Mr William Hannan , Glasgow Maryhill

Is the hon.. Member aware that at a very well attended conference in Scotland of local authorities recently One of the prominent doctors there insisted that these services could be better looked after if an initiative were to come from the Department? Will the hon. Member reconsider this matter?

Photo of Mr Gordon Campbell Mr Gordon Campbell , Moray and Nairnshire

I am aware of the statement to which the hon.. Member refers. It was an important and interesting statement. None the less, my right hon.. Friend is conscious of the many different services which are required by elderly people, and he still feels that this is best done by the Departments concerned with similar services provided for the rest of the community.

Photo of Mr William Ross Mr William Ross , Kilmarnock

The hon.. Member must be aware that where there is overlapping and duplication there tend also to be gaps, with some institutions thinking that the service has been covered by other people. Will he look into this again, because what is required is a unified service in respect of the welfare of the old.

Photo of Mr Gordon Campbell Mr Gordon Campbell , Moray and Nairnshire

I agree with the hon.. Member that we do not want duplication or gaps, but my right hon.. Friend thinks that under the system which he prefers it is most unlikely that these will occur.