HC Deb 22 July 1996 vol 282 c113W
Sir Michael Shersby

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make an assessment of the extent of bed blocking in geriatric wards of NHS hospitals caused by patients being unable to obtain places in extra care homes run by charitable organisations, with particular reference to the Abbeyfield Society; if he will initiate discussions with the Secretary of State for Social Security to obtain authorisation for the provision of beds in registered extra care homes; and if he will make a statement. [37902]

Mr. Bowis

It is for health and local authorities to make an assessment of any factors affecting delayed hospital discharges locally.

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