§ 31. Mr. Cordle
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what safeguards are employed by the hospital authorities to screen both in-patients and out patients for infectious diseases, particularly smallpox.
§ Sir K. Joseph
Nurses and doctors are always alert to the possibility that any patient may have some infectious disease but hospital authorities do not normally arrange to screen either in-patients or out-patients for such diseases. On becoming aware that a patient is suffering from an infectious disease, a hospital doctor or nurse would be expected to take action. 263W appropriate to the circumstances of the case, to guard against spread of infection.