§ 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 265W all patients are exclusively under the care of consultant staff would not fulfil this criterion.