§ 20. Mr. Newens
asked the Minister of Health if he will take steps to ensure the recruitment and training of home helps and the extension of local authority responsibility for the care of the young chronic sick at home.
§ Mr. Newens
Is my hon. Friend aware that the breadwinner in a family with a chronic sick person often faces the agonising choice of either giving up work altogether and becoming financially dependent on the State or of consigning a close relative permanently to hospital? Since this is bad not only for the individuals concerned but for the community as a whole, should not something more comprehensive be done about this problem?
§ Mr. Snow
The question of allowances is not really one for my right hon. Friend. However, as I said last week in answer to a somewhat similar Question, there is a survey of the hospitalised young chronic sick now being prepared; and I assure my hon. Friend that the long-term issues are receiving my Department's urgent consideration.