HC Deb 31 July 1974 vol 878 cc410-1W
Mr. Newton

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services when she expects to give details of her policy for the designation and role of community hospitals.

Mrs. Castle

My right hon, and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Wales and I hope to be able to issue shortly general guidance to health authorities on the rôle and development of community hospitals. This guidance, which will also be available to the public, will be taken into account by the health authorities in planning the long-term pattern of hospital services.