HC Deb 25 June 1956 vol 555 c29
48. Mr. Janner

asked the Minister of Health what action he proposes to take following the recommendations of the Working Party on Health Visiting.

Mr. Turton

I shall be consulting the organisations principally concerned when they have had time to consider this very full Report.

Mr. Janner

As the Report is the result of three years' very careful study on the part of the Committee, and as the Committee has stated that 3,500 full-time workers are needed to provide a reasonable service, will he hurry the matter up and ensure that something is done?

Mr. Turton

Because it has taken such a long time to prepare the Report, I feel sure that the Committee would expect me to give due consideration to it and have full consultations with the bodies concerned, especially in respect of the recommendations relating to the training system for health visitors.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Would not the right hon. Gentleman at least agree that he would wish to see much greater co-operation between general practitioners and health visitors, which is lacking in many cases at the moment?

Mr. Turton

I entirely agree. Many of the recommendations in the Report will be very valuable from that aspect.