Out-Patients (Ambulance Provision)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Oral Answers to Questions – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st November 1979.

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Photo of Mr John Maxton Mr John Maxton , Glasgow Cathcart 12:00 am, 21st November 1979

Is the Minister aware that the health boards in Scotland have received a circular from the Common Services Agency stating that no physiotherapy walking cases will be conveyed by ambulance or by hospital car; that no walking out-patients will be conveyed by ambulance or hospital car and that there will be limitations on the times at which out-patients can be picked up and taken back to their homes? Is that not a serious cut in the health services? Will the Minister now admit that this is taking place and that there has been a change in his policy?