Home Nursing Service

Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th May 1973.

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Photo of Mr Robert Redmond Mr Robert Redmond , Bolton West 12:00 am, 8th May 1973

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied that the home nursing service will be maintained at present standards in the period between local government losing its health powers and the new health authorities taking over.

Photo of Mr Robert Redmond Mr Robert Redmond , Bolton West

Can my right hon. Friend tell us what will be the length of this interregnum period? Does he agree that any change causes unsettle-ment in the minds of people employed in such organisations? Can he do something to remove any unease in the minds of people employed in this service?

Photo of Sir Keith Joseph Sir Keith Joseph , Leeds North East

There should be no interregnum. The transition will have been prepared for months. The number of home nurses is, I am glad to say, rising at a record level.