asked the Secretary of State for Social Services, what provision he makes for people suffering from senile dementia; and what steps he proposes to take to improve them.
Health authorities provide for people suffering from senile dementia mainly in their psychiatric services. For example, about 5,200 first admissions of people with this diagnosis to psychiatric beds were recorded in 1979. I set out the steps being taken to improve care in my reply to the hon. Member for Eccles (Mr. Carter-Jones) on 21 October 1981—[Vol. 10, c. 156–57].