HC Deb 10 December 1986 vol 107 cc213-4W
Mr. Onslow

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what guidance he gives to health authorities in England and Wales on the advisability of retaining orthopaedic X-rays for future reference.

Mrs. Currie

X-rays are regarded as part of the personal health records held by National Health Service hospitals. Health authorities were advised in 1980 that personal health records should be retained for at least a minimum of eight years after the conclusion of treatment.

Guidance to health authorities is contained in DHSS Circular HC(80)7 and Welsh Office Circular WBC(80)9. Copies of both circulars are available in the Library.

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