§ 26. Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she last met the Association of Directors of Social Services to discuss the implementation of the community care reforms.
§ Ms. Coffey
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representations she has had from home owners, residents and local authorities about the funding to be made available for the implementation of the National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Yeo
Many representations about community care funding have been received from individuals, home owners, local authorities and representative organisations. Announcements about funding for the personal social services in 1993–94, including resources for community care and their distribution, will be made in the context of this year's local authority expenditure settlement.
§ Mr. Bayley
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what percentage of social services clients had an individual care plan on 1 April.
§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will take steps to ensure that the provision of care for the highly dependent client remains the statutory responsibility of district health authorities; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Yeo
The role of health authorities in providing services for highly dependent people was reaffirmed in "Caring for People". As purchasers of health care, health authorities have a duty to secure the best possible services for all their residents, including highly dependent people, taking into account local circumstances, priorities and available resources.