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Hospital Advisory Service (Reports)

Volume 888: debated on Tuesday 11 March 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what provisions presently exist for the discussion of hospital advisory service reports by community health councils in order to allow such reports to be sufficiently widely distributed to permit thorough discussion of their contents by those concerned.

None at present. I appreciate the proper concern of community health councils to have as much information as possible about the hospitals in their districts, but to make these reports available to them would raise difficult issues of confidentiality and of mutual trust between the Hospital Advisory Service and hospital staff, which I am at present considering.