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Chiropody Services

Volume 986: debated on Wednesday 18 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will give an estimate of the number of beds occupied by elderly people who are directly or indirectly incapacitated as a result of the lack of chiropody treatment; if he will give an estimate of costs of such bed occupancy; and if he will make a statement.

I do not know of any cases where beds are occupied by elderly people incapacitated as a result of the lack of chiropody treatment. The importance of developing the chiropody service for elderly people is fully recognised. As a group they are accorded a high priority for treatment, receiving over 80 per cent. of the chiropody services available.