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Delayed Discharges

Volume 400: debated on Monday 3 March 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are being put in place to reimburse local authorities who may be subject to the impact of delayed discharges legislation. [97042]

On 28 November, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health announced that £100 million per full year of the legislation would be transferred from the national health service to local authorities in order to meet the costs of reimbursement. Areas which are already tackling delayed discharge should have more of this additional funding available to spend on services. An announcement on how this funding is to be distributed will be made shortly.