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Disabled Persons

Volume 885: debated on Friday 31 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if she is aware of the need for a rehabilitation and/or assessment unit for disabled persons in the North-West area; if she will take steps to establish such a clinic in the Salford area; and if she will make a statement.

The need to develop rehabilitation services in the North-West was investigated in some depth by the former Manchester Regional Hospital Board whose findings now form the basis of the North Western Regional Health Authority's plans for the development of the service in the region.A special allocation of funds has recently been made to facilitate the development of Withington, Wythenshawe and Buxton Hospitals, which have jointly been designated as demonstration centres for the improvement of rehabilitation services in the North-West Region.In the Salford area, Ladywell Hospital already has a good range of such services, and fuller use will be made of them when a younger disabled unit now under construction is brought into use.