§ Dr. Roger Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he intends to reduce the publishing of details of activities and general facilities at individual National Health Service hospitals and their replacement by summaries as recommended by the Rayner report.
§ Sir George Young
Details of activities and general facilities at individual National Health Service hospitals in England are at present published only in respect of mental health hospitals and units. The review of Government statistical services, conducted under Sir Derek Rayner's oversight, has made proposals for substantial changes in the information collected about both mental health and other hospitals in England. These proposals are at present under consideration by a joint NHS/DHSS steering group, so that the needs of the NHS for information can be taken into account, and a report is expected in the summer, after which the scope and timing of changes will be decided.