§ Mr. Stephen Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what recent representations he has had about restructuring the regional health authorities so that they become directly responsible to the elected representatives of the areas they cover.
§ Dr. Owen
None. Regional health authorities are responsible to my right hon. Friend for the discharge of the funcion he entrusts to them. But we are also concerned that the authorities should be responsive to the views of the people of their region. Accordingly from the end of this month the number of regional health authority members drawn from local government will be increased to approximately one-third of the total membership.