§ Mr. Carter-Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if patients on hospital dialysis are eligible for attendance allowance; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Rossi
No, unless they dialyse as a hospital outpatient and have attendance needs not associated with the dialysis treatment which are sufficient to entitle them to the allowance. But a patient who switches from outpatient to home dialysis can count the period as an outpatient towards the six months qualifying period for the allowance.