Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Health Questions 2

Had tabled a question on the alcohol strategy and the "Law of Sod" dictates that I was succesful on the week that there were three other questions on the order paper that were relevant to my portfolio.

The follow up was to ask why the Government had not mentioned Older People in the strategy . I had read some research to show that the level of alcohol misuse in older people was on the increase but because it is often a hidden problem the Government pay it little attention. The Minister's answer was suitably vague but that is only to be expected because it seems to be par for the course.

Rosie Winterton claimed that the Government were making "radical reforms" in NHS dentistry and Steven Ladyman claimed that the reason that there were fewer podiatry appointments was because podiatrists were currently spending their time on more complicated procedures. Jenny Tonge was up in a flash wanting to ask him whether he could name those procedures but the Speaker didn't call on her so we will never know the answer to that one.