§ Mr. Alex Carlile
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedure exists to make judgment on a complaint of alleged premature discharge of a patient from a NHS hospital or trust due to financial considerations and contrary to medical considerations; and if she will make a statement.
§ Mr. Malone
Hospital complaints procedures are described in "Health Circular HC(88)37", copies of which are available in the Library. This was supplemented by guidance on "NHS responsibilities for continuing health care needs", which was issued on 23 February 1995 and which is also in the Library.