HC Deb 06 April 1950 vol 473 c186W
87. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Minister of Health if he will take some action to assist elderly people living alone and without relatives or known friends, who are chronically ill, to obtain admittance into a hospital within a reasonable period of time, when this is deemed necessary by the doctor concerned.

Mr. Bevan

Steps are already taken by hospitals together with the medical officers of health to give priority to those whose medical or social need is greatest; but shortage of nursing staff is the chief difficulty.