§ Mr. Michael Brown
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services from where the expertise and support management previously provided by functional management above unit level, such as district catering managers and district domestic managers, following the implementation of the recommendations of "Patients First", will be provided.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
It is for district health authorities to determine their own arrangements. Wherever possible staff working within units in non-clinical support functions should be accountable to the unit administrator rather than to district level managers. It is, however, open to authorities to arrange for professional advice and guidance across the district, either by appointing one of the specialist managers, or, if justified, by appointing a specialist adviser perhaps shared with a neighbouring authority or authorities.