Skip to main content

Psychogeriatric Wards

Volume 19: debated on Tuesday 2 March 1982

The text on this page has been created from Hansard archive content, it may contain typographical errors.

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he will now provide additional funds for the establishment of psychogeriatric wards in National Health Service hospitals; and if he will make a statement.

The Government's policy is to give health authorities cash-limited sums of revenue and capital which they deploy in the light of national priorities and local circumstances. Current expenditure by health authorities in 1981โ€“82 is planned to be 4 per cent. in real terms above the level for 1978โ€“79, and further growth of 1ยท7 per cent. is planned for 1982โ€“83. Both "Care in Action", our handbook of policies and priorities for the health and personal social services, and the White Paper "Growing Older" stressed the need for priority to be given to the provision in every district of enough suitable accommodation for the care of elderly people with psychiatric disorders.