§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the NHS Management Executive is taking to ensure all commissioners require their providers to implement fully her Department's guideline 3.9 in "The Welfare of Children and Young People in Hospital" in respect of the admission of parents with their children into anaesthetic rooms; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Bowis
Child health services are among the topics selected this year for the regional reviews which the national health service management executive will be undertaking of health authorities' performance. Where appropriate, authorities will be reminded of the evidence which shows that children are calmed and comforted by the presence of parents during the administration of anaesthetics.