HC Deb 14 October 1991 vol 196 c83W
Ms. Harman

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement about hospital social workers in London.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

Responsibility for providing social work services to hospitals rests with local authorities under arrangements established in 1974. We are discussing with the local authority associations how a system of funding could be organised by local authorities so that the demands which an authority's residents make on the service are more accurately reflected.