§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to provide more day centres for the aged who can travel and to ascertain whether the ambulance services are sufficient to meet this demand.
§ Mr. Newton
The Government expect authorities to give priority to the further development of services for elderly people, especially the most vulnerable and frail. Each authority has to determine the appropriate level of day care provision in the light of local circumstances.
Transport for day centre users is the responsibility of local authority social services departments; health service ambulances would be used only if there were special arrangements between the health and local authorities concerned.