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Rehabilitation Services

Volume 654: debated on Wednesday 28 February 1962

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asked the Minister of Labour what consultations he has had with the Minister of Health concerning the possible inclusion within the new hospital plan for England and Wales of rehabilitation services now under his control.

The hospital plan of my right hon. Friend makes provision for medical rehabilitation in the hospitals, but industrial rehabilitation is essentially an employment service and will continue to be provided by my Department.

Would not the Minister agree that, if the hopes he has expressed in answer to Questions No. 2 and 3 and 17 today about the reduced accident rate are realised, the public money used in his services will be better devoted to extending the hospital services, particularly in view of the fact that at the moment certain industrial areas of the country cannot make use of his existing services due to travelling difficulties?

I will certainly draw the attention of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health to my hon. Friend's supplementary question.