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Volume 927: debated on Monday 7 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will publish his Department's views on the report recently produced by the Royal College of Nursing concerning standards in the National Health Service.

I am sending the hon. Member a copy of my right hon. Friend's initial statement of views on this report which were published on 23rd February questioning the burden of most of the criticisms. The maintenance of standards in the National Health Service is a matter of great importance to us, and my right hon. Friend will be meeting representatives of the Royal College in the near future.