HC Deb 22 February 1995 vol 255 c217W
Mr. Bill Michie

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps she is proposing to take to improve the availability of care for the elderly.

Mr. Bowis

Every citizen has the right to receive health care on the basis of clinical need. The "Priorities and Planning Guidance for the NHS: 1995–96" requires authorities to identify needs and put specific actions in hand to ensure further improvements in services for elderly people, and to secure care in the community, including continuing health care, in effective collaboration with local authorities and other agencies.