asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what discussion he has had with the Parkinson's Disease Society regarding care and rehabilitation services available for the victims of Parkinson's disease, if he will publish in the Official Report what advice his Department gives to local authority social service Departments regarding this disease; if he will indicate where successful rehabilitation training is given for this disease; and if he will make a statement.
My right hon. Friend and I attended the society's tenth anniversary celebrations on 21 November at which these matters were discussed. About two years ago officials of the Department had a meeting with the society at which it was agreed that both parties should keep in contact on matters of mutual interest and officials have visited the society's offices for a further discussion. No advice specifically about Parkinson's disease has been given to local authority social service departments. As regard rehabilitation any programme for an individual patient needs to be geared to his individual needs and circumstances, and this is a matter for the doctor in charge.