‘Impact of act must be monitored’

The House of Lords made clear last week that the government should
take responsibility for scrutinising the impact of the Community
Care (Delayed Discharges) Bill once it becomes law.

Peers passed an amendment stating that the health secretary Alan
Milburn should ask the bodies charged with inspecting health and
social services to monitor the impact of the act on patients and

Baroness Barker, Liberal Democrat social services spokesperson in
the Lords, said that the impact would be regularly evaluated by
audit, inspection bodies and by parliament. “The government will
not be able to wash its hands of problems if this goes through,”
she said.

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