§ Mr. Moonman
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what plans she has to improve the geriatric services.
§ Dr. Owen
Guidance was issued in 1971 and 1972 concerning the organisation and development of hospital geriatric services and the minimum standards needed in relation to staffing and facilities in geriatric departments. A special allocation of £28 million was made to health authorities for the period 1972–73 to 1975–76 to promote an improvement in services for the elderly. I have asked health authorities to give priority to services for the elderly in their 1974–5 capital and revenue programmes.