NHS and Social Care Commission

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:51 pm on 28th January 2016.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South 1:51 pm, 28th January 2016

One issue that has certainly come to light in Coventry when we are talking about bed-blocking—it is another factor associated with it—is that people cannot be released from hospital until they have a social worker arranged to look after them outside. Social workers are normally employed by the local authority, so if there is a shortage of social workers, the beds will be blocked again—at an additional cost. I think the commission should look at that.