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Health Service (Hospitals)

Volume 436: debated on Monday 28 April 1947

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asked the Minister of Health whether the receipt of Ministry of Health circular 57/47, dated 31st March, by the Hostel of God for the dying, means that it has been decided to take this hospital over for the national health service, or if no such decision has been reached if he will consider making an early announcement.

This circular has been sent to all voluntary institutions which appear on my present information to be liable to transfer under the National Health Service Act, but it does not imply any final decision to take them over. It would be unjustifiable to take any such decision in individual cases until I have the views of the appropriate regional hospital board which I hope to set up very shortly.