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Child Guidance (Treatment)

Volume 467: debated on Wednesday 13 July 1949

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asked the Minister of Education whether he is aware that, notwithstanding the arrangements made by him that a boy who required urgent treatment for a mental condition should be treated at once at the child guidance centre provided by the local education authority at Canterbury, the parents have been presented with a bill for a considerable amount in respect of this treatment; and whether he will take measures to enforce fulfilment of his instructions.

There is no statutory obligation on the local education authority to provide free treatment for this boy who attends an independent school; but arrangements have recently been made for the regional hospital board to provide the services of the psychiatrist at the child guidance centre conducted by the Canterbury authority, and no charge will therefore be made, from 1st April for the treatment the boy is receiving.