§ Sir John Hannam
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress health authorities have made in implementing the recommendations made in the report, 527W "An Assessment of Health Related Needs of Physically Handicapped Young Adults"; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Bowis
The report was independent and was commissioned by the Department of Health. It was distributed to regional and district health authorities in March 1993 to help them consider how best to meet the needs of disabled young adults. The priorities and planning guidance 1994–95 (EL(93)54), issued to the national health service in June 1993, requires district health authorities to ensure that rehabilitation services address the special needs of disabled young adults, particularly those moving from child to adult services. The Department has made available £149,000 in 1994–95 to fund a series of projects within the national health service, which aim to develop and improve transition services for physically disabled school leavers.