HC Deb 01 April 1963 vol 675 c10
6. Mr. Longden

asked the Minister of Health whether people who, though so paralysed that they cannot be registered as available for work, are able to leave hospital and live at home, may receive constant attendance from the National Health Service.

Mr. Powell

I would refer my hon. Friend to my reply of 25th March to the hon. Member for St. Pancras, North (Mr. K. Robinson).

Mr. Longden

Is my right hon. Friend aware that if these terribly unfortunate people are able to go home it is much better for them and much cheaper for the State? Is it not possible to provide them with the essential constant attendance allowance?

Mr. Powell

If my hon. Friend is concerned with a money allowance, that is not a question for me; but it would be quite impracticable for the community to provide constant care and attendance outside the framework of the hospital service. This does not diminish one's admiration for the people who do live at home under great handicap.

Lord Balniel

Does not my right hon. Friend agree that it is perhaps rather unsatisfactory that young people who could be at home if they received a constant attendance allowance should have to live out their lives in chronic sick hospital wards? Cannot my right hon. Friend reconsider the matter?

Mr. Powell

The number of young chronic sick is fortunately relatively very small. But I cannot believe that it could be practicable or effective for the community to provide constant care and attendance except through the hospital service.

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