HC Deb 13 November 1991 vol 198 c596W
23. Mrs. Fyfe

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what are the implications of the patients charter for patients who presently benefit from in-patient specialised units.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

The patients charter provides commitments on raising the standard of service for all who make use of the NHS in Scotland. In particular, all in-patients will benefit from the guarantees to be provided as from April 1992 on waiting times for admission to hospital.

Mr. Hind

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the aims and objects of the patients charter.

Mr. Lang

The aim of our patients charter is to set out simply and clearly what everyone who uses the NHS in Scotland can expect from it; and to give a series of commitments designed to improve the standards of service.