HC Deb 09 May 1966 vol 728 cc16-7
9. Mr. Freeson

asked the Minister of Health whether he will issue a circular to hospital and local authorities on the subject of health centre provision in conjunction with hospital, clinic and welfare services planning.

Mr. K. Robinson

I am now considering the provision of further guidance to health service authorities on health centres.

Mr. Freeson

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the important need for the closest administrative integration of provincial health centres with other welfare and community needs and other organisations?

Mr. Robinson

I will certainly bear that point in mind. There has been a remarkable increase in interest in health centres. Twenty-four have come into existence since the appointed day in 1948, a further 24 are approved for start, or actually under construction, yet another 24 are in the planning stage, and more than twice as many again are under consideration at local level.