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Hospital Organisations (Eec Status)

Volume 885: debated on Tuesday 28 January 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services which hospital organisations have status within the Common Market; what qualifications are required for any such status; what advantages and responsibilities are involved; what attempts have been made to achieve comparable status for any British hospital organisation; and if she will make a statement.

Hospitals in the various member States have themselves set up two international standing committees, the Comité Hospitalier du Marché Commun, and the Comité European de 1' Hospitalisation Privée, to represent to the EEC Commission the interests of public and private hospitals respectively. National Health Service representatives sit on the former committee. Neither committee has any official status in relation to the Community.