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Flu Epidemics (Facilities)

Volume 774: debated on Monday 25 November 1968

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he has considered the report, details of which have been sent to him, by the King Edward's Hospital Foundation published on 14th November on ways of improving hospital facilities in dealing with flu epidemics; what action he proposes to take; and if he will make a statement.

Hospital authorities in the London area already have guidance on the action they should take when the Emergency Bed Service yellow or red warnings are in force. Among other things this commends the admission of patients to any vacant beds regardless of specialty as far as medical considerations permit. The report is being examined to see whether further guidance should be issued.