HC Deb 13 July 1982 vol 27 c346W
Mr. McCusker

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Department of Health and Social Services bans diabetics from obtaining attendance allowance irrespective of their age or condition; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John Patten

There is no ban on diabetics receiving attendance allowance. A diabetic who satisfies the normal medical, residence and presence requirements will be entitled to the allowance.

The decision on whether a disabled person satisfies the medical requirements for the receipt of attendance allowance rests with the Attendance Allowance Board, a statutory body, which is composed of senior members of the medical profession and experienced persons from outside the medical profession, all of whom have a special interest in the needs of the disabled.