HC Deb 17 May 1976 vol 911 c420W
Sir George Young

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what facilities for the prevention of illness are available at National Health Service hospitals.

Dr. Owen

Many services provided by National Health Service hospitals have important preventive as well as therapeutic aspects, including, for example, facilities for early detection of disease and appropriate treatment to return the individual to health, and for minimising disability arising out of existing disease or injury. Primary prevention of illness is largely the concern of the general practitioner and other services provided outside hospital.