Regional Health Authorities

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1992.

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Photo of Mrs Virginia Bottomley Mrs Virginia Bottomley The Secretary of State for Health 12:00 am, 12th May 1992

The hon. Lady will know that the success of community care depends on an effective relationship between social service departments and regional health authorities. At present, we ask them to report to us every six months—and more often—to make certain that the work is under way.

District health authorities have been involved for 20 or 30 years in community care for people with learning disabilities, the mentally ill and elderly patients. The question of resources for social service departments arises regularly in the yearly local authority spending round, and we have made it clear that community care will be fairly funded.