HC Deb 30 October 1985 vol 84 cc572-3W
Mr. Soames

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are the principal objectives of this Department for the care of elderly people.

Mr. Whitney

The principal objectives of the Department for the care of elderly people are:

  • to strengthen the primary and community care service together with neighbourhood and voluntary support to enable people to continue to live at home;
  • to encourage an active approach to treatment and rehabilitation
  • to enable elderly people in hospital to return to the community wherever possible;
  • to maintain capacity in the general acute sector to deal with the 573 increasing numbers of elderly people needing acute medical or surgical treatment; and
  • to maintain an adequate provision for the minority of people requiring long-term care in hospital or residential homes.

The Government's policies are set out in more detail in the White Paper "Growing Older", Cmnd 8173, published in 1981.