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Retirement Pensioners (Hospital Visits)

Volume 721: debated on Monday 22 November 1965

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asked the Minister of Pensions and National Insurance whether she will take steps to provide assistance for transporting retirement pensioners wishing to visit relatives in hospital: and if she is aware that in rural areas the present situation causes distress or hardship to many retirement pensioners.

If the retirement pensioner is receiving a supplement to his pension and the relative formerly lived in the same household, the National Assistance Board will be able to provide for reasonable visiting expenses. Even where the pensioner is not receiving assistance the Board under certain circumstances may be able to help.