§ Mr. Bowden
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in how many hospitals where there is multidisciplinary working, social workers or geriatric liaison officers are involved in discharging elderly people; and how many hospitals have no such working.
§ Mr. Geoffrey Finsberg
In geriatric departments where there is a multidisciplinary team working, the social workers or geriatric liaison nurses are normally involved at an early stage following admission to prevent problems 331W following discharge. There is no information available centrally which identifies individual hospitals in this respect.