HL Deb 20 April 2004 vol 660 cc27-8WA
Lord Lucas

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will provide the 139 families who have intimated claims under the vCJD Compensation Scheme with easy access to specialist professional psychological counselling (as was done for the Alder Hey families). [HL1788]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner)

The expectation is that all hospital trusts will now have services in place to support patient's families at this difficult time. A survey of all trusts will be undertaken in April 2004 to monitor the level of support currently in place.

The Patient Advice and Liaison Service will be a source of information about psychological and bereavement services.

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