HC Deb 17 January 1992 vol 201 c676W
Mr. Hinchliffe

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what action he is taking to ensure that hospital patients are made aware of any social security benefits to which they may be entitled.

Mrs. Virginia Bottomley

Hospital-based social workers often advise hospital patients about how to claim social security benefits. In addition, depending on local arrangements, hospital staff may sometimes perform this function.