HC Deb 15 February 1978 vol 944 cc264-5W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what is the authority for refusing to designate a community hospital on the grounds that some patients therein are likely to be under the care of a consultant.

Mr. Moyle

The operational policy for a community hospital envisages that it will provide services for patients under the care of general medical practitioners as well as patients under the care of hospital consultants. A hospital in which all patients are exclusively under the care of consultant staff would not fulfil this criterion.

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