§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will introduce an experimental scheme whereby the community health council of the southern district of Sefton would have access to patients in Moss Side and Park Lane hospitals similar to the access enjoyed to other hospitals; and, if not, why not.
§ Dr. Vaughan
As the hon. Member is aware, a community health council represents to the relevant area health authority the interests in the Health Service of the public in its own health district. The special hospitals, which have a national intake, do not form part of the health services for a particular district and nor are they managed by an area health authority. Nevertheless, I can see advantages in using every means to develop closer links between special hospitals and their local communities. I intend to promote discussions on developing these links between Sefton South community health council and the hospital management at Moss Side and Park Lane hospitals.