HC Deb 22 June 1994 vol 245 c201W
Mr. Redmond

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what priority she attaches to rural community hospitals as part of the care in the community initiative and the NHS reforms.

Mr. Bowis

Both the new community care arrangements and national health service reforms have emphasised that NHS services should be responsive to patient needs. Community hospitals have a useful role to play in some areas in providing a limited range of services to meet local needs.

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