HC Deb 13 May 1952 vol 500 cc1092-3
15. Mrs. Mann

asked the Secretary of State for Scotland how many local authorities in Scotland are operating a home help service.

Commander Galbraith

All but five of the 55 local health authorities in Scotland are operating a home help service, and a scheme from one of those five has been received for my right hon. Friend's approval today.

Mrs. Mann

While that answer is very satisfactory, may I ask the hon. and gallant Gentleman if he would not agree that some of the counties are not operating the service in a realistic fashion; in other words, they have home helps, but nobody who is in need of a home help can really find out where to get one? As the county areas are so scattered, is he not aware that many elderly people who are in need of this service just do not know where to find it, and would he give some consideration to publicising the service?

Commander Galbraith

I shall be very I think the hon. Lady has shown the difficulty owing to the scattered nature of the counties. The attention of all health authorities is repeatedly being drawn to this important matter.

Mr. Patrick Maitland

Will my hon. and gallant Friend look into the method of assessment whereby persons are charged for these home helps, and, in particular, would he consider a case of which I should like to send him particulars, concerning a miner who was charged very highly?

Commander Galbraith

I will be very glad to consider any case which my hon. Friend sends me.

Mr. Ross

Can the hon. and gallant Gentleman say whether there is any indication that local authorities, while continuing to operate the service, are restricting that service at the present time?

Commander Galbraith

I have no information of that kind.