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Spa, Harrogate (Fees)

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 22 March 1951

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asked the Minister of Health whether he is aware that Harrogate is cutting spa fees to private patients as a result of the influx of National Health patients who have brought prosperity to that spa; and what information he has as to how far other spas have similarly benefited by the health service.

I am aware that the regional hospital board concerned has contractual arrangements with the authorities responsible for the Harrogate spa and that similar arrangements have been made elsewhere, where reasonable terms can be secured and the treatment is regarded as medically valuable; but the general jurisdiction and management of spas is outside my control.