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Geriatric Medicine (Specialists)

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Wales if he will provide financial assistance to the East Dyfed health authority to appoint additional specialists in geriatric medicine commensurate with the large geographic area and dispersed communities as highlighted in the report of the joint hospital advisory services and social work service published on 7 June; and if he will make a statement.

I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave him on 25 June at col. 359. East Dyfed has approval from the All-Wales Manpower Committee for a consultant post in geriatrics. Central funds for the consultant expension programme in 1985–86 have already been allocated. It is open to the authority to make a bid against such monies as might be available for the programme in 1986–87.